If just the thought of a trip to the dentist makes you feel somewhat anxious, then you are not alone!
Dental anxiety is reported to occur in up to 75% of people visiting the dentist in some form or another. At Lifepath Wellness Dental, your complete comfort and well-being during your next dental visit are extremely important to us, which is one reason we offer sedation dentistry options for patients wanting to minimize their anxiety during their dental visit.
Sedation Dentistry has helped many people manage their dental phobias and has enabled them to take the steps needed to get the dental care they need. We welcome you to book a consultation appointment to see if Sedation Dentistry is right for you!
Sedation Dentistry uses various sedative options to achieve a relaxed, easy and calm state in our patients. The sedatives we use range from mild to moderate and may be administered by our Chestermere Dentists in one of three ways:
When considering which type of sedation dentistry may be right for you, it is important to disclose to your Dentist any drug or medications you use so that our staff can select the appropriate method for you. We suggest that you bring a detailed list of your medical history, including any medications and nutritional supplements you may be taking. Contact Lifepath Dental, to book your initial consultation appointment.
Sedation Dentistry allows people who are experiencing dental anxiety or fear to stop avoiding regular dental hygiene and periodontal treatments. Routine dental care, such as dental hygiene visits, is essential in preventing more complex dental problems. By following recommended routine care and maintenance, patients can avoid the very thing they fear and end up with fewer visits to the dentist!
Another benefit of Sedation is that the perception of time that a patient experiences during a visit feels like minutes rather than long periods of time. Therefore, your dentist can perform longer, more complex procedures in a single visit rather than several visits.
Since fewer appointments mean that treatments like the replacement of missing teeth, wisdom teeth extractions, smile makeovers, implants or bridges, as well as root canals and other complex dental treatments are no longer out of reach for patients with dental anxiety.
The good news is that sedation dentistry is very safe. We ensure the safety of our Sedation Dentistry patients by using monitoring equipment during the procedure, including a pulse oximeter and oxygen equipment. Our Dentists are also CPR-trained and are required to have reversal medication agents on hand in the rare case of an adverse reaction to the sedatives.
If you have any questions or concerns about Sedation Dentistry, please let us know. At Lifepath Dental, we are happy to take the time to make sure you are informed and feel completely comfortable with your upcoming treatment.
Sedation dentistry is often referred to as sleep dentistry. However, the term “Sleep Dentistry” can be misleading. When we use sedatives, you are not actually asleep, though you may feel quite sleepy due to the effects of the sedatives. Note that the term sleep dentistry is often associated with the use of general anesthesia. The use of general anesthesia in dentistry is not considered to be Sedation Dentistry.
Most insurance coverages typically do not include Sedation Dentistry; however, some sedation dentistry procedures may be covered based on your treatment. Since each extended health plan is unique, it's best to check with your dental insurance company to determine if you may be eligible for coverage. At Lifepath Dental, our dental team can assist you with this process and with making the necessary financial arrangements.
If you have booked a Sedation Dentistry appointment, we require you to be accompanied by a responsible caregiver who can accompany you home. After the appointment, it is recommended that the caregiver stays with you until the effects of the sedation are gone.