Sedation Dentistry

Dental sedation is often mistakenly thought to induce sleep. In fact, most sedatives allow the patient to stay awake during their procedure. Sleepiness is a side effect of some medications, but nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation only work to calm anxiety throughout the dental visit.

IV sedation sometimes works so effectively that even the smells and details of the procedure cannot be recalled afterwards. Safety and compliance are two important aspects of treatment, so dental sedation offers both the patient and the dentist the best alternative.

Whatever the form of sedative, it is essential to be accompanied by a caregiver. Sometimes, sedatives are provided the night before the dental visit, which means that driving to or from the appointment is not advisable.

Oral Sedation

A pill is given to patient generally 1 hour before procedure that keeps patient mildly sedated throughout procedure.Generally recommended for mild anxiety level patients.

Though oral sedatives do not cause sleep, they usually dull the senses.

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

With or Without Oral Sedation

Laughing gas is a good option in both adults and kids with mild to moderate anxiety. It may or may not be given with some oral sedative like mixed with juice in kids and a pill in adults.

Nitrous oxide elevates the general mood and can evoke a general sense of well-being. Most importantly, it relieves anxiety and reduces pain during the procedure. When under the effects of Nitrous Oxide, the patient may experience some tingling and numbness, but these feelings dissipate when the sedation is withdrawn.

I.V. Sedation

Patients who have undergone IV sedation often report feeling like they slept through their procedure.

Generally, IV sedation is used for shorter treatments. It is administered via direct injection into the bloodstream, which means the effects are immediate. Sometimes patients feel groggy and sleepy when the IV sedatives are withdrawn, and so they must have a ride home after the appointment.

Patient is monitored regularly for pulse,Blood pressure, oxygen level in blood and CO2 exhalation level following College of Dental Surgeons of BC guidelines.

Contact Us Today!

Reach out to us today to learn how Dentistry @ Merritt can help you! A discussion with our receptionist will get you all the information you need to make an informed decision. Ask questions, get information, setup a consultation, or book your appointment!

Feel free to reach out to us by phone, email, visit our practice or use the quick contact form below. We promise to get back to you as soon as possible and aid you through the process!

Send us a message.
Contact Us
Info.

2731 Forksdale Avenue
Merritt, British Columbia

(250) 378-4888
dentistrymerritt@gmail.com

Hours of Operation
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 9am - 6pm
Wednesday - 9am - 5pm
Thursday - 9am - 5pm
Friday - 9am - 4pm
Saturday - 9am - 4pm

2731 Forksdale Ave, Merritt, BC V1K 1S1, Canada
Direction