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A number of people choose not to visit the dentist for regular check-ups because they are afraid or suffer from dental anxiety. We want our patients to be as comfortable as possible while they are in our care. We offer several comfort aids for patients to make their visit more enjoyable. The following comfort aids are used in our office.
Topical Anesthetic: A flavoured ointment that is directly applied on the inside of the patient’s mouth to numb the area that the dentist will be administering an injection. Dentists use this to ease the discomfort when administering the local anesthetic before procedures.
Local Anesthetic: Medicine that is injected into the gum or inner cheek to numb a part of the patient’s mouth for the duration of the dental procedure. Often, the patient will fell numb even for a couple of hours after the treatment. This is normal although it may be difficult to eat or drink. We advise patients to call our office immediately if pain is experienced after the numbing subside.
Conscious Sedation: Sedation can be used for everything from restoration procedures to a simple tooth cleaning. How it’s used depends on the severity of the fear.
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It’s sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry,” although that’s not entirely accurate. Patients are usually awake with the exception of those who are under general anesthesia.
The levels of sedation we use include:
- Minimal sedation — you are awake but relaxed
- Moderate sedation (formerly called “conscious sedation”) — you may slur your words when speaking and not remember much of the procedure.
It very important that we have your up-to-date medical history, so we are aware of any medications you are taking or allergies you may have before administering any sedation.