Sedation Dentistry - Park Royal Dental Centre in West Vancouver

Who should use sedation dentistry?

  • You find it very nerve racking in visiting the dentist and just want to relax to make the visit more pleasant
  • You have an irrational fear of the dentist and even though you feel safe in our office, and with our understanding team, you still can't bring yourself to come to the dentist.
  • The procedures you need are unpleasant and long so you would like to be sedated and not really remember them
  • You have a very low pain threshold or very sensitive teeth

There are 4 general types of sedation:

  • Minimal sedation - During this you are very much awake but medication is used to help you relax during the procedure. You will be able to communicate but you may feel a bit out of it.
  • Moderate sedation - During this sedation you are still awake but you may not be able to recall the procedure. You will probably be able to communicate but your speech may be slurred.
  • Deep Sedation - During this sedation you are barely conscious however you can still be awakened, again you will most likely remember nothing of the procedure. During this type of sedation you will not be able to communicate during the procedures.
  • General anesthesia - You are unconscious and will remember nothing.

What types of medication exist for sedation dentistry?

    There are few types of medication used:

    1. Inhaled medication: In popular culture this is usually referred to as laughing gas. A mask is put over your face and combines nitrous oxide and oxygen into a breathable gas. This type of medication is used for minimal sedation although we can control the amount of sedation received so it may also be used for moderate. Depending on the amount of nitrous oxide used you may be able to drive home afterwards as it wears off quickly but it's best to organize a ride for any type of sedation dentistry.
    2. Pills or oral medication: If you have general anxiety problems you may be familiar with some of the drugs used in this type of sedation dentistry. They are often in the same family of drugs as Valium and it is simply a pill that you swallow before your procedure begins. These types of medication need time to work so you will need to come to the office a bit early. The level of sedation can be easily controlled but afterwards you will feel groggy and should not drive your vehicle.
    3. IV sedation: Similar to a hospital operation we use an IV to deliver the drugs directly into your vein. This method allows for easy adjustment as the dose can be changed during the procedure by the dentist. Once again you will not be able to drive after the procedure so arrange a pick-up!

Will Sedation dentistry fix my fear of dentists?

    Well the short answer depends. Under some of the deeper sedation you may not remember the procedure so it is unlikely it will help with your fear. There is even a chance you may think to yourself "The sedation is the only reason I made it through" which will probably not help you get over your fear. However, using some of the minimal sedation techniques may allow you to go through the procedure and see that it is not all that bad. It is very unlikely that sedation dentistry will cause your fear to get worse and it could be a way to get over your fear. The first step is to talk with Dr. Behmard and the rest of our staff to see if this type of dentistry is right for you. The important thing is if sedation dentistry helps to give you better dental health then it is worth a talk.

    If you are interested then the first step is to talk to us and we can discuss if sedation dentistry is right for you. Contact us today or call 604 925-6725