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Relax with Dental Sedation: An 101 Guide.

Relax with Dental Sedation: An 101 Guide.

Dentistry has come a long way over the years, but none of the advancements can help a person who doesn’t make an appointment.   Millions of people aren’t getting the dental care they need because they can’t or won’t go to the dentist.  Now, there’s a breakthrough that’s completely changing dentistry, and making it possible for everyone to get the treatment they need:  it’s called sedation dentistry.

People have many reasons for avoiding the dentist.  Some feel uncomfortable and even afraid, just thinking about going to the dentist’s office. The sights, sounds and smells of dentistry can be downright scary to many perfectly normal people.   Often, it’s memories of past dental experiences, sometimes from childhood, that keep people away.  There’s no reason to be embarrassed of your fear of the dentist, because there are millions of people just like you.

Fear, discomfort, and anxiety aren’t the only reasons people have for avoiding the dentist.  Some have complex dental problems, and just don’t have time for all the appointments.  Others have trouble getting numb or even sitting still for long periods of time.

For all these problems – sedation dentistry is the answer.  Once you are comfortably sedated, your fear and anxiety will just melt away.  Issues with discomfort, getting numb, and sitting still are no longer problems once you’re enjoying the peace of a relaxed dental appointment with sedation dentistry.  Better yet, with sedation dentistry, your dentist will probably be able get more treatment finished in each visit.  That means fewer appointments!

Types of Sedation:

Nitrous Oxide (NO2)

Sometimes called laughing gas, Nitrous Oxide, is an odorless colorless gas that helps one stay relaxed and comfortable through a dental procedure. It is commonly delivered through a mask in combination with oxygen. Nitrous oxide produces a very light form of sedation that is extremely safe when professionally administered. It is very popular because it is effective, it works fast , and it wears off quickly.


Some patients experience anxiety before their dental appointments. Anxiolysis simply means the prescription of a single dose of a tranquilizer, like valium, to calm and relax a patient before their treatment starts. Sometimes the patient takes the pill at the office, and sometimes the dentist prescribes it for the night before or the morning of the appointment. These anti-anxiety oral medications are very safe and effective when prescribed by your dentist.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral Conscious Sedation, or OCS, has become a very popular method for patients to have pleasant and comfortable dental experiences. Imagine that instead of pain, fear, and anxiety, an appointment can make you feel calm, comfortable and relaxed. It can be this way with oral conscious sedation. Typically a patient takes one or two prescribed pills and hour before their appointment. After your companion drives you to the office, you relax in the dental chair under a warm blanket, while special monitoring equipment is used to ensure your total comfort and safety. The dentist assesses you to see if you need more medication, and only begins work when you are totally relaxed and comfortable. Very often, patients remember little or nothing from the appointment, and the whole visit just feels like a dream!

IV Sedation (Intra-Venous)

When the sedative medications are delivered through an IV in the arm of the patient, this is known as IV Sedation. An IV can create a very light conscious sedation, or can be used to produce a deeper sedation, depending on the needs of the patient. As with other sedation methods, IV sedation is extremely safe and effective when performed by a highly trained dentist.



Are You a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is wonderful for people who are afraid of the dentist, but it’s not just for them.   It’s a great option for anyone who wants their next dental visit to be a comfortable and pleasant experience.  Patients choose sedation for a number of reasons.  If any of the following sound like you or someone you know, call us and find out what options are available:

  • I’m afraid of the dentist.
  • I can’t stand the sights, sound and smells of a dental office.
  • I don’t like needles.
  • I know I need a lot of work, but I don’t have time for all the appointments.
  • I’ve had bad experiences at the dentist in the past.
  • My teeth are very sensitive.
  • I have trouble getting numb, even after the dentist has given me Novocain.
  • I have a strong gag reflex, and can’t stand having anything in my mouth.

Does Sedation Dentistry Sound Good To You?

Contact our office in Ottawa today to reserve your appointment with Dr. Jaleel. We look forward to talking with you, assessing your case, and recommending the treatment plan that best suits your unique needs.


2194 Carling Avenue, Unit 1

Ottawa, ON K2A 1H3

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