Many people can become nervous by the prospect of visiting the dentist. We understand dental-related anxieties and want you to have the most comfortable experience possible. We offer a variety of treatment approaches that make our procedures stress-free for nervous patients. Offering gentle, caring dentistry at our practice is a priority.

Dental sedation is offered to patients who may experience anxiety or nerves before visiting us or prior to treatment, but is also helpful for patients in the following situations:

  • Those who have had a negative dental experience in the past
  • Patients undergoing complex treatment
  • Patients undergoing oral surgery
  • People who have a strong gag reflex
  • People who find it difficult to open their mouths wide enough or for long enough to have their treatment completed
  • Individuals who dislike needles
  • Individuals with sensitive teeth or those who dislike the noises and smells associated with dental treatment

At The Family Dental & Implant Centre our team is highly experienced in working with patients who require dental sedation. It is a commonly used and well-trusted technique.

What is dental sedation?

Dental sedation is used to make you feel more relaxed. It is administered through a cannula in the back of your hand. You will remain awake throughout the treatment; however, the sedative will dull your senses and create a sense of calm. Many patients do not remember their treatment once the sedation has worn off.

Is dental sedation safe?

Intravenous sedation with Midazolam is a reliable and safe method of relieving anxiety during dental treatment. You will remain awake yet feel drowsy and you will still be able to respond to the dentist.

What else should I know about dental sedation?

If you are due to have treatment under dental sedation, we require that you  attend your appointment with a friend or loved one who can accompany you home and stay with you until the sedative has completely worn off.

While the effects of the sedative wear off after a few hours, as an extra precaution we do not advise operating heavy machinery or driving for the day.

Your dentist will go through any possible side effects before proceeding to treatment.


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