We understand certain dental treatments and visiting the dentist can make some patients uncomfortable and we want to create a space where you are comfortable when your oral health is being looked after; this is why Lacombe Dental Clinic offers sedation dentistry options. We offer conscious sedation services; this means you are awake during the procedure, but the anxiety of having the treatment is lessened by a combination of medications and nitrous oxide (laughing gas).
Unconscious sedation is not used in our clinic.
Sedation Dentistry Options
Oral Sedation (Conscious Method)
If your dentist determines that oral sedation will work best for your procedure, they will prescribe a sedation pill, which you will take 30 to 60 minutes before your dental procedure. The purpose of the sedation medication is to make you feel relaxed while we perform dental procedures. You will be able to speak and open and close your mouth on your own.
Someone will need to drive you to and from the procedure because it is unsafe to drive under the influence of this medication. The medication wears off in about 4 to 6 hours, depending on the dose's strength. There are usually no lasting effects.
Nitrous Oxide (Conscious Method)
Often referred to as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is gas given to you through a tube, much like an oxygen supply. The gas decreases anxiety and offers the same effect as oral sedation methods. Some patients prefer nitrous oxide over pills because the effects are shorter. You can also drive to and from your appointment.
All dentistry performed by a General Dentist.