Sedation Dentistry Services in Gatineau
Often the dental office is a source of anxiety for our patients … even under the best of circumstances. When confronted with the need for a surgical procedure, the level of anxiety may increase substantially, to a point where the patient may neglect to undergo treatment and ultimately compromise their oral health.
Conscious sedation dentistry is a most welcome option for patients in this situation visiting our Gatineau clinic. Conscious sedation is a technique to diminish the level of consciousness of the patient, thus rendering the patient less aware of their surroundings and more importantly; less aware of the procedure that is taking place. As the name suggests, the patient is at no time completely unconscious, as would be the case when under general anaesthesia. The patient is able to respond to commands and is able to breathe unassisted. Our dental team carefully monitors vital signs throughout the period of sedation.
Conscious sedation is administered at Aylmer Dentistry in two ways:
a. Nitrous oxide
Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas” is an inhaled gas that quickly calms and relaxes the moderately anxious patient. While not as potent a sedative as some other agents, Nitrous oxide has the distinct advantage of being eliminated from the system in only a few minutes, allowing the patient to drive immediately following the procedure.
b. Oral sedation
For the patient who is very anxious, an oral sedative is the sedation technique of choice. A sedative is administered orally to the patient prior to the appointment which produces a more profound level of sedation as compared to Nitrous oxide. As well, the oral sedative very often has the added benefit of producing an amnesic effect and so the patient does not recall the procedure once the medication has worn off. Because of the prolonged duration of the medication however, the patient must be accompanied and must avoid operating a motor vehicle for a period of 24 hours following administration of the sedative.
Drs. Winlow and Dessureault are experienced at administering sedation dentistry in Gatineau and are pleased to offer this service to all their patients.