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Who is a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Do you suffer from extreme anxiety about going to the dentist? Do you have an extensive dental treatment planned? Here are some signs that sedation dentistry could be the right solution for you.

Sedation dentistry is an innovative dental service that will allow patients to undergo a range of dental procedures in a relaxing and calm way.  Patients who are under sedation will be at ease and will have no: 

  • Feelings of anxiety or fear during the treatment
  • Sense of smell or sound
  • Strong memory of undergoing the procedure
  • Sense of time when undergoing the treatment

In addition to this, sedation dentistry will allow your dentist to perform the treatment faster and more efficiently, and perform a number of procedures in one visit, greatly reducing your treatment time and number of visits to the dental clinic. 

Our Calgary Holistic Dentists Provide Safe and Effective Sedation Dentistry Services 

At Dr. Korol dental clinic, our holistic dentists strive to provide our patients with optimal dental health care. We offer comprehensive dental treatments, such as dental cleanings, dental fillings, and wisdom tooth removal, as well as sedation dentistry, to keep you as happy and comfortable as possible during your procedure.

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Characteristics of Good Candidates for Sedation Dentistry

Not every patient will have the same reasons for wanting or requiring sedation. That said, patients who are good candidates for this dental service tend to share some common characteristics. Here are some signs that sedation dentistry could be right for you: 

1. You Have a History of Avoidance 

Do you avoid the dentist and necessary dental treatments out of fear or anxiety of visiting your dental clinic? A patient who has ever experienced any of the following might be a great candidate for sedation: 

  • Extreme fear or anxiety about having dental procedures performed
  • Traumatic dental experiences
  • Denial of the existence of a dental problem until the pain becomes unbearable
  • Avoidance of dental care for many years
  • Frequently scheduled and then cancelled appointments

Remember, avoiding the dentist out of fear or anxiety can lead to many undesirable oral health conditions, including tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. Sedation dentistry will allow you to receive the treatment you need in a stress-free and relaxing manner. 



2. If You Have a Low Pain Tolerance or Other Complications 

Patients who experience unusual levels of pain during dental procedures, or who have difficulty becoming numb, could enjoy the benefits of sedation dentistry. This service is also a good option for patients who find it hard to keep their mouths open during procedures and who have: 

  • Sensitive gag reflex
  • Back pain
  • Neck or jaw pain

Sedation can also sometimes be appropriate for those who have difficulty remaining still for the entire duration of a dental procedure. 

3. If You Need an Extensive Procedure 

Sedation keeps patients calm, relaxed, and more able to tolerate longer periods of discomfort, which means that your dentist will be able to complete more work in a single sedation visit than they can in a traditional visit. Sedation can be particularly beneficial if you are undergoing a procedure that is unusually long or painful. 



4. You Have a Busy Schedule 

Patients who avoid dental care because they have difficulty fitting appointments for multiple procedures into their schedule can also benefit from sedation dentistry. This is because the service allows your dentist to perform multiple procedures in a single visit. 

When is Sedation Dentistry Not a Good Idea? 

During your consultation with the dentist, they will be able to assess your needs and medical history to determine whether or not sedation dentistry is safe for you. Generally, patients who are allergic or resistant to the drugs used in sedation dentistry won’t be able to be sedated. 

In addition, this is not recommended for patients who are pregnant or who have certain medical conditions that may not be compatible.  

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To find out more about the costs and benefits of our sedation dentistry service, or to learn if this is the right option for you, contact our Calgary dental clinic at 403-245-9099 or book an appointment.


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