Sedation Services in Grande Prairie

At South 40 Dental, we know that visiting the dentist can cause anxiety for some patients. In Grande Prairie, we offer a comprehensive range of sedation options to make the process less overwhelming.


Sedation Services For Nervous Patients

At South 40 Dental, we offer both Oral Sedation and IV Sedation, as well as nitrous oxide (laughing gas) performed by our general dentists to help treat patients with dental anxieties.

What is oral and IV sedation?

You will be given oral medication or an injection prior to your dentist visit. You will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment. Once you arrive, you are allowed to rest comfortably in a warm, quiet room under a blanket. During the entire time you are here, we will closely monitor you to ensure your safety. 

Who is a candidate for sedation?

If you have anxiety or fear about going to the dentist you may be a candidate for sedation. If you have a fear of pain, have had a traumatic dental experience in the past, or the sounds and smells of a dental office make you nauseous, sedation can help you get over your anxiety.

Will I be unconscious?

No, but you will be in a deep state of relaxation during your treatment. You will still be able to breathe on your own and communicate, but you will not feel any pain or anxiety. You may not even remember the procedure afterwards.

How long will I be sedated?

Sedation can last from about 2-6 hours depending on the strength of sedative you are given and how long your procedure takes.

Will I be monitored?

Yes, at all times during your sedation someone will be with you. We also monitor your vitals to make sure they remain at a normal level. Safety is of the utmost importance to us.

Are there any long-term effects of sedation?

No. You will feel a little groggy after some forms of sedation, but after a few hours, you will feel like yourself again. You will need to have someone drive you home from your appointment in these cases. 

What procedures can be performed under sedation?

Just about any procedure can be performed with sedation. The sedation is not for the procedure itself, but for the anxiety that accompanies the procedure. Ask your dentist if sedation is available for a particular procedure. 

How many appointments will I need to complete my dental work?

In most cases, it only takes two appointments. The first appointment will be a consultation to check your health history and make sure you are a candidate for sedation. The next appointment will be to perform the necessary procedures. This can usually be done in one appointment but may require a follow-up visit. 

Will my insurance cover sedation?

In most cases, it will not be covered by your insurance provider. We will review your insurance coverage and let you know if it is covered or not. If it is not covered, we will let you know the cost and, if necessary, we can put together a financing plan for you.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide, known to many as laughing gas, is the most commonly used form of sedation in dentistry. It is administered by having the patient inhale the gas, which is carefully monitored by your doctor. We want you to feel relaxed when your dental procedure is performed.

In most cases, all dental work can be completed in one visit while you are sedated. Once the procedure is over, the nitrous oxide will wear off quickly, and you will most likely be able to drive yourself home and return to your daily activities.

You will need to have a preliminary visit with your dentist to make sure that you are an eligible candidate for nitrous sedation. 

If you have any questions about our sedation options, contact our office to book a consultation and find out if it's right for you.

Sedation Services in Grande Prairie

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