Sedation Dentistry in Pembroke, ON
Do your hands feel clammy when you walk past a dental office, or are you dreading the sounds and smells of a dental office? For patients like you with dental anxiety, taking care of your teeth can feel more challenging. That’s why Parkview Dental offers sedation dentistry to help ease your anxiety and keep you calm for the duration of the appointment.
Oral sedation involves medications that put the patient in a deep state of relaxation. They’re often consumed the night before or an hour before the appointment, so that the sedation takes effect by the time the patient reaches our office. These medications take time to wear off, making it unsafe to operate a vehicle.For this reason, it’s necessary that patients have a friend or family member transport them to and from our office.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is administered through the nose and induces a deep state of relaxation for the patient. The patient receives the gas for the duration of their treatment, and then it’s removed once the treatment is complete. However, although nitrous oxide begins to wear off sooner than oral sedation, it’s still recommended that patients have a friend or family member provide transportation.
While rare, there are some invasive surgeries that require a deeper form of sedation that renders the patient unconscious. General anesthesia is the strongest form of sedation, and may require a brief hospital stay once your procedure is completed, in case the patient experiences of any side effects while coming out of the sedation. Dr. Munro is one of the few dentists in the area who offers general anesthesia with hospital privileges, ensuring that patients are safe and supervised throughout the entirety of their treatment.