Dental Sedation in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Our dental team at Reflections Dental Health Centre in Winnipeg uses dental sedation to calm anxious patients and to help clients feel comfortable during long procedures.
What is Dental Sedation?
Dental sedation is a variety of techniques dentists use to make patients feel more comfortable during dental procedures. Our dentists can help you determine which dental sedation option is the right choice for you.
At Reflections Dental Health Centre, we take every measure we can to help patients feel comfortable and relaxed during their dental visits. On top of the sedation options we offer, we will also work at a pace you are comfortable with, take breaks when you need them, and provide calm reassurance as required.
The oral sedation options at Reflections Dental Health Centre come in liquid or pill form. They allow the patient to remain awake during the procedure while providing a calming effect to help relax them significantly.
Oral sedation makes you quite groggy, but you’ll still be able to communicate with your dentist if necessary.
Patients will take this medication orally prior to coming in for their dental appointment and they will need to have a friend or family member drive them to and from the appointment.
IV sedatives are applied directly into the bloodstream through the vein for the deepest level of sedation without using general anesthesia. The dental team will attach you to a monitor so they can keep track of your vital signs throughout the procedure.
- How is IV Sedation Administered?
IV stands for ‘Intravenous’, meaning that the sedative will be injected into the patient's vein.
Using a fine needle, the injection will go into a vein that is close to the surface of the skin. The dentist will use a vein on either the back of the patient's hand or their arm.
A tube connected to the needle will be used to continually administer the drug during the procedure.
- Will I feel any pain during my procedure?
No. Despite the fact that IV sedation is not a painkiller, the patient will be completely numb during the procedure and therefore will not feel pain.
- How does IV sedation feel? Will I fall asleep?
With IV sedation you will be conscious for the duration of your procedure. You will be able to understand and respond when being spoken to by your dentist.
This being said, it is unlikely that you will remember much, if anything, once the sedation has worn off.
This is due to the fact that IV sedation induces a state of deep relaxation in the patient and the sense that everything going on around you is not a bother to them. Also, the drugs used in IV sedation produce full or partial memory loss during the period of time when they are first administered to when they wear off.
To sum it all up, while IV sedation is being administered, you will be in a conscious state but will be completely unbothered by your dental procedure. You will also be unlikely to remember what happened once it is over.
If you have had difficulty with dental treatment in the past, then IV sedation may be the right option for you. Contact our dental office today to find out more.