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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 the treatments.

Although there are a variety of ways to give sedation, the depth of sedation (sleepiness) is not necessarily dependent 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 can safely be administered usually via a vein in the arm, to induce a state of deep relaxation. This method is safe but the patient will need to be accompanied to go back home.

Nitrous Oxide / Laughing Gas

Nitrous Oxide / Laughing Gas

Really safe and efficient, nitrous oxide is a safe and odorless gas that the patient breathes throughout the procedure to relax. It brings a soothing sensation and lowers the anxiety considerably.

Oral medication for sedation

Oral Sedation / Oral Medication

Also known as “the pill”, this modality is easy to administer with little complication.


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