For Summerland patients who feel anxious about dental treatment, we offer sedation dentistry services.
Anxious about visiting the dentist? We can help!
Dr. Cindee Melashenko is licensed to administer oral sedation through the Doctors of Conscious Sedation (DOCS). DOCS is an educational program that trains dental professionals to the best way to care for anxious and fearful patients using mild sedation. Sedation can help your relax during dental procedures so you can get dental care when you need it!
If you get anxious about visiting the dentist, you're not alone. Often, even those who visit the dentist on a regular basis still feel anxious about it.
For patients who get significantly nervous about dental procedures, who need complex treatment, have time constraints, or have a severe gag reflex we may recommend oral conscious sedation.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedatives are pills or liquid prescribed by your dentist and taken orally.
An initial dose is usually taken about one hour before your dental appointment. Treatment may include a dose on the night proceeding the procedure to mitigate anxiety-related insomnia.
During your treatment, you will remain awake and responsive, and you won't feel any pain.
Is sedation dentistry right for me?
Please talk to our team about sedation dentistry if any of the following points apply to you:
- High anxiety about dental treatment
- Fear of needles or pain
- Sensitivity to touch, smells, sights and sounds
- Very sensitive teeth
- Difficulty getting numb with local anaesthetic
- Strong gag reflex
- TMJ issues - difficulty opening mouth