Sedation Dentistry in Fort McMurray
When dental treatment seems overwhelming, sedation dentistry may be your best option.
It is not uncommon to have a fear of the dentist. This fear can often cause people to avoid visiting their dentist, which often creates more problems and can sometimes result in situations where their dental needs become too large to be treated without sedation.
When is sedation dentistry necessary?
You may wish to consider sedation options if:
- Your dental problems are complicated or you need multiple procedures completed in a single visit
- You are fearful of dental treatment procedures; have anxiety or fear of the dentist or their instruments
- Local anesthesia has not been effective enough for you in the past
- You have extremely sensitive teeth
- You have a strong gag reflex
- You have health issues such as neck pain or TMJ problems that make treatment in the dental chair uncomfortable
When is sedation dentistry necessary for my child?
You may wish to discuss with us the sedation options available for children if:
- They are unable to have treatment completed by their regular dentist
- They are too young to sit still for treatment
- They have special needs
- They require extensive treatment
Why types of sedation services are offered at Timberlea Services Centre?
We offer both IV Sedation and General Anesthesia. Our General Anesthesia is administered by a Certified Medical Anesthesiologist who remains one-on-one with you during your dental treatment. Our Medical Anesthesiologist has 12 years of experience and is currently the Chief of Anesthesia at our local Northern Lights Regional Health Centre.
Intravenous Sedation is a moderate type of sedation and patients who receive this type of sedation typically report feeling as though they have slept through the entire procedure.
IV sedation is administered through a thin needle in your arm or hand. Although you are not fully asleep, the medication administered will help you feel relaxed and comfortable throughout the procedure.
General Anesthesia is an anesthetic that is used to induce unconsciousness, and allows the patient to be asleep while receiving dental care. The general anesthetic will either be given as a liquid that is injected by a thin tube into your vein, or as a gas that you breathe in through a mask.
While you are undergoing general anesthesia you are monitored one on one by a Certified Medical Anesthesiologist, until the effects of the anesthesia are reversed and you are transferred to our recovery room to the care of a Registered Nurse, under the direct supervision of an anesthesiologist.
Prior to your sedation appointment, we will require that you visit your family doctor and have a pre-operative physical completed.
Safety of Sedation at Timberlea Services Centre
We are a Non-Hospital Surgical Facility accredited by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta as well as the Alberta Dental Association and College. We are held to strict standards and we aim to maintain the best care for our patients. We have two operating rooms designed for the safest care of our patients, as well as a fully equipped recovery room for our patients’ care after surgery.