Is Sedation Dentistry Right for You?

Would you rather endure the throbbing pain of a toothache rather than brave the dentist’s chair? If the mere thought of your upcoming appointment is enough to make your heart rate skyrocket, then you might want to consider sedation dentistry.

At Callingwood Dental Health Centre and Suites, our experienced and compassionate team of dental care professionals is committed to providing personalized treatment plans for a carefree visit. A family-oriented practice in West Edmonton, we specialize in a wide range of dentistry practices, including modern sedation techniques for those who struggle with anxiety. 

Stop avoiding dentists like the plague! Read on to find out if sedation dentistry is right for you.

Treatment Options

Sedation dentistry uses FDA-approved medication to help patients relax during procedures for a comfortable, pain-free procedure. Common methods of administering sedatives include IV, oral and nitrous oxide (laughing gas). Unlike patients under general anaesthesia, sedated patients are conscious throughout the duration of their visit; the sedatives only produce a calming effect, making patients feel sleepy, tranquil and less anxious. Depending on your needs, your dentist might recommend sedation in any number of cases, from more invasive procedures, like root canals, dental implants and gum surgery, to simple cleanings.


Sedation dentistry is ideal for patients suffering from moderate to heightened anxiety or other complications like very sensitive teeth, a bad gag reflex or a low threshold for pain. Even if you don’t harbour reservations about visiting the dentist, sedation can still be useful for increased comfort, especially when a large amount of dental work is required. After all, there’s nothing like a badly cramped jaw to dampen your mood. A safe and effective alternative to needles (except in the case of IV treatments), sedation provides pain-free dental care, both physically and mentally. It decreases activity in parts of the brain that control fear and angst, resulting in a calm and relaxed disposition while undergoing treatment. Finally, sedation also has an amnesic effect. Approximately 50 per cent of patients report very little or no memory of the dental treatments received while under the influence of sedatives, despite being lucid the entire time.

Side Effects
Possible side effects include nausea, dizziness, fatigue, dehydration and in rare cases, allergic reactions. For these reasons, it's important to make sure your dentist has the proper training and qualifications to administer sedation. Comprised of a well-rounded team of dental experts, Callingwood Dental Health Centre and Suites ensures its patients receive the quality oral care they deserve in a safe and regulated environment. Medical screenings are performed prior to every treatment and an emergency nurse is on staff to monitor patients during and after surgery.

Say good riddance to clammy hands and heavy breathing! If you’re looking for a dentist in West Edmonton to relieve that gnawing pain in your mouth but are dreading the visit to the dentist’s chair, trust Callingwood Dental Health Centre and Suites to set your mind at ease.

To find out which sedation option is right for you, speak with a member of our qualified staff today!

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