Is Moderate Sedation Dentistry in Ottawa Right For You?

For many patients, their biggest fear is being in a dentist’s chair… and for many good reasons! Bad past experiences, fear of pain, fear of the unknown, and more. That is why our office offers sedation dentistry in Ottawa. Sedation is a great way to take the edge off and make the dental experience a pleasant one.

Sedation dentistry can be appropriate for people who:

  • Have a low pain threshold
  • Are very nervous
  • Can’t sit still in the dentist’s chair
  • Have very sensitive teeth
  • Have a bad gag reflex
  • Need a large amount of dental work completed
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How Does Moderate Sedation Work?

Sedation can be administered through several different methods, depending on the overall health and level of relaxation required by the patient. This will allow you to ask any questions regarding this safe and effective way to “calm your nerves”. During this visit, you and Dr. Gaudet, Sedation Dentist Ottawa will decide the type and level of sedation that will be needed to accommodate your anxiety and fears.

Depending on a patient’s degree of fear or anxiety, different levels of sedation may be required. These varying levels include:

Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) – This is a level of sedation that controls anxiety. At this level, you will not be able to fall asleep but will feel relaxed. In most cases, this level is a great way to calm the nerves enough to have the necessary treatment completed.

Oral sedation – This level of sedation is where a small portion of patients may achieve the comfort needed to complete any necessary or elective restorative, preventive, and cosmetic dental procedures. At this level, most patients will not have amnesia and will likely remember the entire procedure. Most individuals will still feel little to no discomfort or pain. This level of sedation is very mild and while you may not be able to fall asleep, you will be very relaxed. Many Ottawa Sedation dentists use this conscious level of sedation to provide a state that lets patients feel relaxed, but also remain awake and able to respond to commands.

Moderate Conscious Sedation (combination of oral sedation and nitrous oxide) – This level of sedation where most patients will experience the degree of comfort needed to complete any necessary or elective restorative, preventive, and cosmetic dental procedures. At this level, you will have little to no memory of the procedure, feel very little to no discomfort or pain, and will likely be able to sleep through all or a large portion of your dental procedure(s). While this level will not “put you to sleep” many feel that they were completely “out” because they have no memory. You will be relaxed and in most cases sleepy, but you will be able to breathe on your own and communicate with Ottawa Sedation Dentist Dr. Gaudet. Most patients with high dental fear and anxiety will require this level to be comfortable enough to have their dental treatment completed.