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Dental anxiety and dental phobia

Sedation dentistry is sometimes called “sleep dentistry.” At Queensbury Dental Centre, our dental surgeons are trained to administer sedation during dental  procedures. The main goal of sedation is to make the patient feel more confortable and less anxious about treatments.

Although there are a variety of ways to administer sedation, the depth of sedation (sleepiness) is not necessarily dependent on what form of sedation is given.

The main ways to administer sedation are to use nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation (pills) or I.V. sedation (via a vein).

Types of Sedation

IV Sedation

I.V. Sedation

I.V. sedation stands for intra-venous conscious sedation. Using this method, the medication is safely administered, usually via a vein in the arm, to induce a state of deep relaxation. When undergoing I.V. sedation, the patient will need to be accompanied to go back home.

Nitrous Oxide / Laughing Gas

Nitrous Oxide / Laughing Gas

Safe and efficient, nitrous oxide is an odourless gas that the patient inhales through a small mask placed over the nose to aid in relaxation during a procedure. It brings about a soothing sensation and lowers anxiety considerably.

Oral medication for sedation

Oral Sedation / Oral Medication

A sedative drug in pill form is administered up to an hour prior to dental treatment to reduce the patient’s anxiety.


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