Treatment for anxious patients

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Treatment for anxious patients

About treatment for anxious patients

At the Centre de Santé Dentaire Dr Thu Nguyen, we want you to feel comfortable throughout every treatment that you may need. We are focused on creating a peaceful environment as well as providing clear explanations for every treatment. However, if you suffer from dental phobia, we offer conscious sedation for anxious patients.

Three options: nitrous oxide sedationoral sedation with medication and intravenous sedation (available only in certain special cases).

What about children?

Children can also be eligible for nitrous oxide. It is often the ideal solution for agitated little ones who refuse dental treatment. With their parents’ agreement, laughing gas can be administered to the child, who will have more positive memories of their visit to the dentist.

About treatment for anxious patients

At the Centre de Santé Dentaire Dr Thu Nguyen, we want you to feel comfortable throughout every treatment that you may need. We are focused on creating a peaceful environment as well as providing clear explanations for every treatment. However, if you suffer from dental phobia, we offer conscious sedation for anxious patients.

Three options: nitrous oxide sedationoral sedation with medication and intravenous sedation (available only in certain special cases).

What about children?

Children can also be eligible for nitrous oxide. It is often the ideal solution for agitated little ones who refuse dental treatment. With their parents’ agreement, laughing gas can be administered to the child, who will have more positive memories of their visit to the dentist.

Nitrous oxide

This type of gas is often called “laughing gas.” It is used to calm and relax the most anxious patients and is completely safe. The gas that is inhaled is completely eliminated by the body once the sedation is completed with the help of oxygen. It helps you calm down and feel good during the dental treatment whilst you remain completely conscious. Your visit to the dentist is therefore so much more pleasant!

Medication

The other alternative for anxious patients is a sedative tablet from the benzodiazepine family. The latter enables patients to relax before treatment. The tablet must be taken 1 hour before the appointment. It offers an adequate level of sedation, however, the dose cannot be adjusted during the dental treatment contrary to nitrous oxide. It is an excellent option for patients who present a contraindication to nitrous oxide.

Nitrous oxide

This type of gas is often called “laughing gas.” It is used to calm and relax the most anxious patients and is completely safe. The gas that is inhaled is completely eliminated by the body once the sedation is completed with the help of oxygen. It helps you calm down and feel good during the dental treatment whilst you remain completely conscious. Your visit to the dentist is therefore so much more pleasant!

Medication

The other alternative for anxious patients is a sedative tablet from the benzodiazepine family. The latter enables patients to relax before treatment. The tablet must be taken 1 hour before the appointment. It offers an adequate level of sedation, however, the dose cannot be adjusted during the dental treatment contrary to nitrous oxide. It is an excellent option for patients who present a contraindication to nitrous oxide.

Sedation

Dental anxiety is a very real condition that can prevent patients from getting the care that they need. In addition, many complicated dental procedures, such as removal of wisdom teeth, require that the patient be calm and collected prior to the surgery so that it goes smoothly. Intravenous (IV) sedation is one such method that has been proven to be most effective in keeping the patient calm, while also being able to respond to the doctor’s prompts.

What is IV sedation?

Intravenous sedation is a carefully formulated series of medical drugs that is injected through a needle in the arm or hand. The volume and types of chemicals injected can be easily controlled by Dr. Tran and Dr. Lessard-Boivin, ensuring that the patient can communicate, but feel calm during the treatment. In addition, the patient will have no memory of the procedure.

 

IV sedation is considered one of the safest methods to relieve dental anxiety, as well as prepare a patient for surgical dental treatments. It can be monitored and controlled more closely than oral conscious sedation. The patient goes into a light sleep with IV sedation that will completely relax the patient and release all anxiety.

Advantages of IV sedation

Patients with anxiety can feel overwhelmed about the dental extraction procedure. But IV sedation is quick-acting, so patients won’t feel anxious for long. Patients usually go into a light sleep and won’t remember much of the procedure.IV sedation is one of the fastest ways to administer sedation. The patient will feel relaxed within minutes or even seconds. This is much faster than conscious oral sedation, which sometimes needs to be taken hours before.
Patients who may have an over-sensitive gag reflex will find that they shouldn’t have any trouble with IV sedation. They’ll feel no pain or sensitivity.
IV sedation is one of the quickest ways to administer sedation. The patient will feel relaxed within minutes or even seconds. This is much faster than oral conscious sedation, which sometimes must be taken hours before.

Unlike oral conscious sedation that is administered by the patient, IV sedation is monitored and controlled. The amount of sedative can be increased or decreased depending on different stages of treatment, leaving control in the expert hands of Dr. Tran and Dr. Lessard-Boivin.