Patients who are anxious about their dental appointment, have a severe gag reflex or require a long procedure, sedation dentistry is a safe and simple option. Dr. Albert Tung is one of a few dentists in Calgary with general anesthetic privileges at the Riverview Surgical Center. This allows him to perform longer dental procedures which are ideal for children who require sedation under general anesthetic.
Sedation dentistry is ideal for patients:
Who are nervous or anxious.
Who have sensitive teeth.
Have a low pain threshold.
Have a sensitive gag reflex.
Need short or long oral surgery.
Types of sedations services available:
Nitrous Oxide Sedation: Commonly known as “laughing gas”, nitrous oxide is a mild form of sedation and is inhaled through a soft nasal mask, making the patient more relaxed and free from anxiety during their dental procedures.
Oral Sedation: Considered to be a light to moderate form of sedation. Prescribed medication is taken orally to reduce anxiety during the dental procedure. Patients may sleep or doze off during but can be conscious and responsive. The effects last longer then Nitrous oxide and will require a companion to drive them to and from their appointment and help monitor for up to 24 hours.
Intravenous Sedation (IV): An ideal technique for patients who require a deeper level of sedation. Patients may still be conscious and can respond, but often do not recall much of the procedure. The medication is administered intravenously and monitored by an advanced certified anesthesiologist.
General Anesthetics: The deepest level of sedation where patients will be unconscious. Dr. Albert Tung has special privileges to a general anesthetic surgical suite at the Riverview Surgical Center where he can perform a variety of dental procedures under general anesthetics. This is ideal for long complex procedures and children who require sedation.
Some children have terrible fear of the dentist and simply refuse to cooperate. If this is the case, sedation dentistry may be a good option to help make a better dental experience. Nitrous oxide is safe for most children and is routinely used to treat younger patients. Oral sedation can be used as long as the dosage is administered properly. Intravenous sedation and General Anesthetics are also options, and will be administered and monitored accordingly.
What to expect:
Follow your specific instructions from your dentist during your pre-op consultation as they will be more specific to your needs based on your medical history and lifestyle. The following instructions are general guidelines and tips:
No food or water 6 hours prior to your appointment.
Do not use illegal drugs or consume alcohol prior.
Inform us of any prescription drugs you are taking.
Have another responsible adult to assist taking you home as you will likely feel drowsy and unable to drive after your appointment.
Do not drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours after sedation.
Gradually eat and drink to help you return to your normal state.
Stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluids.
Recommendation to avoid smoking and alcohol consumption for 24 hours.
Contact us for more information.