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Types of Sedation Used in Dentistry

Types of Sedation Used in Dentistry

At Jubilee Dental Centre in Summerland, our dentist offers dental sedation to help patients suffering from dental anxiety or heightened oral sensitivity, to get the treatment they need in a comfortable, stress-free manner. 

Dental Sedation

If you suffer from high levels of dental anxiety or heightened oral sensitivity, dental sedation may be right for you. Dental sedation can help patients to get through anything from routine cleanings to more invasive dental procedures and treatments in a calm and stress-free manner.

Sedation needs differ greatly between patients, based on the individual's level of anxiety as well as the length and complexity of the procedure. Our Summerland dentist evaluates each patient's sedation requirements on a case-by-case basis. 

Types of Sedation Used in Dentistry

Minimal sedation: 

  • Patients will not fall asleep with this type of sedation. Minimal sedation will causes a calm and relaxed feeling while allowing the patient to be able to walk, and talk normally.

Moderate sedation: 

  • Under moderate sedation the patient will still be able to talk, hear and respond but will feel drowsy and may doze off during the treatment. Local anesthetic is still required at the treatment site for pain management. The patient may or may not remember the procedure once the dental treatment is complete.

Deep sedation: 

  • Deep sedation will put the patient to sleep, and there will be no memory of the procedure. Local anesthetic is still required at the treatment site for pain management while the patient is under deep sedation. 

General anesthesia: 

  • General anesthesia is the deepest level of sedation used in dentistry. Under this form of sedation the patient will be unconscious (feel as if they are asleep) and won't feel any pain during the treatment. Reflexes will be absent and they will require assistance breathing. 

At Jubilee Dental Centre our team of dental professionals want you to receive the treatment you need in a stress-free and comfortable manner. If you suffer from dental anxiety, general anxiety disorder, panic disorder, resistance to local anesthetic or unusually sensitive oral nerves, dental sedation may be right for you. 

To find out if dental sedation can help you to receive the treatment you need contact us to book a consultation with your Summerland dentist.