Do you get nervous before dental appointments? Has this kept you from receiving adequate dental care in the past? You should never feel ashamed or embarrassed about your dental anxiety; it's a common condition that can, fortunately, be treated with time-tested medicinal therapy tailored to your needs. At Kelowna Dental Centre, we specifically cater to anxious patients by providing sedation dentistry and sleep dentistry solutions designed with comfort and safety in mind.
Prior to your appointment, our caring and gentle staff will conduct an initial screening to evaluate your candidacy for sedation dentistry. You can expect to answer screening questions that delve into your dental anxiety levels and other pertinent health-related questions.
How Sedation Dentistry Can Transform Your Dental Appointment
Our dentists know that treatments for dental anxiety should never be 'one-size-fits-all', which is why we always offer a range of solutions - from effective, light sedation to powerful sleep sedation. Here are the types of sedation dentistry and sleep dentistry at our Kelowna dentistry office:
Laughing gas, or inhalation sedation, is a form of light sedation and is typically offered to young patients or those with mild anxiety in the dental chair. Laughing gas is a colorless, odor-free gas that is administered through a comfortable breathing mask.
Our doctors have the ability to control the amount of gas you breathe in, adding more as needed. With this form of sedation, you can expect to be fully awake and back to your normal self within minutes of the completion of the procedure.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Kelowna Dental Centre offers oral conscious sedation to help patients who suffer from moderate anxiety in the dental chair. This form of sedation is taken as a pill prior to the procedure and can be used as both a mild and moderate sedative. With mild sedation, you can expect to feel drowsy. In fact, you may fall into a light sleep during treatment.
Intravenous (IV) sedation, also known as sleep dentistry, is offered to patients with extreme dental anxiety, to those with special healthcare needs, or for those who are set to undergo oral surgery or long treatment.
With IV sedation, our doctors channel anti-anxiety medication directly into the veins for optimal relaxation. You may or may not fall fully asleep, but you should not have many memories of your procedures. Like laughing gas, the medication can be adjusted during the procedure to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible.
Please note, if you opt for either oral conscious sedation or IV sedation, a trusted family member, friend, or caretaker must drive you to and from your appointment.
Sedation Dentistry For Special Healthcare Needs
Sedation dentistry isn't just for anxious patients - it's also for those with special healthcare needs. If you or your loved ones have special healthcare needs that make it difficult to undergo dental treatments and procedures, our Kelowna dentists are here to help!
Prior to your appointment, we will interview you and review your complete health history to determine which level of sedation is best for you.
Sedation Dentistry For Children
Is your child nervous to visit the dentist? Do they have trouble following directions? Are they facing extensive dental treatment? If so, we can offer your child laughing gas, oral conscious sedation, or even IV sedation based on their needs and health history.
Many children benefit from sedation dentistry because it helps make their experience in the dental chair calmer and more productive. It also helps small children form positive views of dentists at a young age, helping pave the way for healthy oral habits for life!
Sedation Dentistry Will Eliminate Your Dental Anxiety!
Kelowna Dental Centre is proud to offer a wide range of relaxing sedation dentistry options. Call today to learn more about this unique service.