We offer IV sedation for all healthy adults in office. What is IV sedation? IV stands for intravenous, and it is medication that is administered through the veins.
Because of its rapid effects, many patients prefer this option. Just like other forms of sedation dentistry, IV sedation is designed to relax you and make you completely comfortable. IV sedation also eliminates your anxiety and pain. Because you are completely relaxed, your dentist can accomplish more high-quality dentistry in less time. IV sedation can benefit you if you have a sensitive gag reflex or difficulty sitting in a dental chair for long periods of time. You’ll be so relaxed that you’ll be unaware of the sights, smells and sounds of the dental office. Patients remember little-to-nothing of their appointment by the next day.
IV sedation gives your dentist optimal control of the amount of medication administered and allows them to readily increase or decrease your level of sedation as needed, quickly and comfortably. An additional benefit of IV sedation includes faster onset of the sedation medications, meaning you’ll be able to feel the effects of the medication quickly. An escort is needed to and after appointment. Please contact us for an IV sedation consult.
Commonly known as ‘laughing gas’. Nitrous oxide (N2O) is simply a gas which you can breathe in. It has no color, smell, and doesn’t irritate. It is fast acting with its anti-anxiety and pain killing effect felt within 2-3 minutes. All the dentist has to do is to place a mask over your nose, administer the nitrous oxide and you will be relaxed in seconds. Nitrous oxide usage in sedation dentistry has a proven safety record with very limited side effects. The fact that sedation is quickly reversible by just stopping the administration of the gas reduces significantly the risks in combination with proper equipment, patient monitoring and a properly trained dentist. Recovery time after the flow of nitrous oxide is discontinued is short. You will be given 100% oxygen for 3-5 minutes which is enough for full recovery. Within this period 99% of nitrous oxide is expelled from the lungs and its action disappears without after effects such as a ‘hangover’ effect that is common after taking oral sedatives. You can return to normal activities immediately after.
Typically the medication given you take 1 hour prior to your appointment. The pill will make you drowsy, although you’ll still be awake. Some people become groggy enough from moderate oral sedation to actually fall asleep during the procedure. They can be awakened with a gentle shake. You will need an escort to and at the end of your appointment.
The main advantages of oral sedation versus other sedation methods are:
During your visit to the dentist with your child it may be recommended to do treatment under sedation due to either the amount of work that needs to be completed, comfort/anxiety level of the patient and to have a great view for the child towards future visits. This will be discussed at the appointment if it is in the best interest. Dr Sinclair does local hospital days. The sedation is covered by Alberta Health and there is no extra cost onto your dental bill. No more travelling to Edmonton!