There are many dental patients who are simply afraid of going to the dentist. Some will actually get fearful just at the thought of an appointment. Unfortunately, there are even patients so afraid that they avoid going to the dentist altogether. Sometimes, the idea of a simple and noninvasive teeth cleaning can conjure up phobia. Today, a new approach, referred to as Sedation Dentistry, is allowing fearful patients to experience a stress free visit to the dentist.
Sedation Dentistry is designed for those patients who need some stress relief during their dental procedure. It’s also known as Moderate Sedation or Conscious Sedation, and allows the patient to feel relaxed, but still awake. The supervising dentist must be licensed to administer the sedation medication, and dental staff must be trained to monitor the patient’s heart rate, as well as blood pressure. By any measure, patients are always in safe, capable hands.
Depending on the dental procedure, patients can opt for Minimal Sedation or Moderate Sedation, with both options offering a comfortable, stress-free experience. As it is, sedation is the ideal for fearful people - but there are also others who can benefit: those with a low pain threshold; those with sensitive teeth/gums; and those undergoing major dental work. In short, Sedation Dentistry has opened up a new world of comfortable, stress free dentistry.
In some circumstances, children can also undergo sedation. This is particularly relevant when the child has an intense fear that could potentially compromise a procedure. Here, a dentist employs Nitrous Oxide, which has proven to be safe for children in appropriate dosages (based on age and weight). Overall, whether a child or adult, a reputable dental clinic will always consider patient health and safety as a top priority, especially with sedation.
Today, with state-of-the-art equipment and advanced technology, Sedation Dentistry provides a number of great benefits. Medications are easy to administer, and often without a syringe. The sedated patient allows the dentist to work unencumbered, and get more work done, in less time. For the patient, a stress free dental experience means fewer appointments, and having complex treatment procedures performed in a shorter amount of time.
In Vaughan Region, the Mackenzie Dental Centre offers Sedation Dentistry in various forms. Dr. Lloyd Pedvis treats the entire family - from routine exams, to cosmetic dentistry, to complex surgery. Patients are assured of the highest quality dentistry in an environment that is both relaxed and comfortable. Dr. Pedvis is a member of the Canadian Dental Association, the Ontario Dental Association, and the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario.
Dr. Pedvis is professionally licensed to administer sedation, and advises each patient on the best course of action. Well monitored, Sedation Dentistry can accommodate even the most fearful of patients. And at the Mackenzie Dental Centre, staff makes every effort to ensure that patients experience the most effective, and least stressful clinic experience. Finally, the fear of going to the dentist has been addressed.