Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry in Halifax for Your Comfort

At Santé Dental, we understand that visiting the dentist can be something patients have fears or anxieties about. Whether you've had a bad dental experience or fear the sights and sounds of dental equipment, our team offers dental sedation options that can make visits feel easier. Our commitment to providing gentle, compassionate care in Halifax, including the surrounding areas of Bedford and Dartmouth, is at the heart of our practice.

Beyond our sedation options, our team is passionate about providing a calming, relaxing office environment. Our bilingual team, fluent in English and French, is also prepared to make your visit positive with clear communication. We look forward to meeting you and learning how we can help make your visits more comfortable. Contact us today to learn how our sedation dental treatments in Halifax can help!


What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry involves using various medications to help patients relax before and during dental treatments. Often referred to as sleep dentistry, these methods of sedating patients before procedures can vary widely to fit the patient's requirements and the procedure performed. Several levels of sedation can be used for procedures from simple to complex, and our dentist will always be happy to talk to you about whether dental sedation is right for your situation. The levels of sleep dentistry include:

  • Minimal Sedation: Under minimal sedation, you remain awake but in a state of deep relaxation. This level is perfect for patients who wish to be alert but at ease throughout their procedure.
  • Moderate Sedation: Often known as "conscious sedation," this level also allows you to be awake during treatment. You might experience slurred speech and have less memory of the procedure, but can still generally respond to basic instructions.
  • Deep Sedation: With deep sedation, you are on the edge of consciousness but can still be woken up when prompted vigorously. This level typically results in little to no memory of the dental procedure.
  • General Anesthesia: When sedated with general anesthesia, you will be completely unconscious and unaware of the procedure. This level is for more intensive dental surgeries.

Our Sedation Dental Treatment Options in Halifax

While some dental procedures may require general anesthesia, particularly in complex oral surgeries, our team focuses on conscious sedation methods, including nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. These methods offer an excellent middle ground between effectiveness, simplicity, and safety. Should you need more extensive sedation for more advanced procedures, we can discuss your options. The sedation methods we commonly provide include:

  • Nitrous Oxide Gas: This minimal sedation technique involves breathing in nitrous oxide gas through a comfortably designed mask placed over your nose and mouth. It's an effective way to achieve relaxation during procedures without prolonged after-effects, allowing you to return to your daily routine promptly after your appointment.
  • Oral Conscious Sedation: This method is delivered in a convenient pill form you can take the day prior and right before your appointment. Oral conscious sedation offers the benefit of helping to control anxiety you may have as your appointment approaches. Depending on the dose, the effects of oral sedation can range from mild to moderate. For those receiving oral sedation, we require arrangements for transportation to and from our office, as your ability to drive may be temporarily affected.

How Sedation Dentistry Can Benefit You

By utilizing sedation methods, we can perform a range of procedures from routine cleanings to more involved treatments in a comfortable and less intimidating way. Sedation dentistry is an excellent choice for addressing a wide range of patient needs, helping you get the vital dental care you need rather than avoiding it. If you or your child have experienced any of the following issues, sedation dental treatments may be perfect for you:

  • Dental anxieties or phobias
  • Sensitive gag reflexes
  • Traumatic past dental experiences
  • Health situations that have worsened after putting off treatment
  • Discomfort with the sights and sounds of dental procedures
  • Difficulty sitting still for prolonged periods

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

The safety of our patients is a primary concern at Santé Dental, especially when it comes to sedation dentistry. From first teeth to advanced care, our general dentists are proud to offer tailored sedation services that helps patients get the treatments they need to experience healthy smiles. While any anesthesia carries a degree of risk, the mild to moderate sedation methods we employ are generally very safe.

It's important to recognize that certain health conditions, such as obesity or obstructive sleep apnea, may increase the risk associated with any anesthesia method. Our experienced dental team takes the time to discuss these potential risks with you. We dedicate the time and attention necessary to conduct all our dental sedation treatments with the utmost care and safety.

Fulfilling Your Sedation Dental Treatment Needs in Halifax

At Santé Dental, we believe in a gentle approach to dentistry. Our priority is to build trust and listen deeply to your needs while providing effective options to make your appointments feel that much easier. Whether you have dental anxieties or specific health concerns, our team is here to maximize your comfort and confidence in your dental healthcare. If you've been delaying dental visits due to fear or anxiety, let our compassionate, judgment-free team assist you. Contact us today to explore how our sedation dentistry in Halifax can transform your dental care experience.