Options for Anxious Patients

For some patients, the prospect of dental treatment can induce anxiety. At Penticton Dental, our dentists offer sedation options to help make treatment less stressful for our more anxious patients.

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Anxious Patients, Penticton Dental Centre

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry refers to the use of sedative medications to make treatment more tolerable for patients who are anxious, difficult to freeze, or who generally have difficulty tolerating dental treatments. Sedation is also useful for patients who have a low pain threshold.

At Penticton Dental, these medications may be administered orally (by mouth) or in the form of nitrous oxide.

If you have had difficulty with dental treatment in the past, then sedation may be a special consideration for you. Please speak to your dentist about how sedation may aid you in your dental treatment.

Oral Sedation

If you have anxiety when it comes to dental procedures, your dentist may suggest oral sedatives. You will take these before your procedure. The medication comes in the form of a pill and should help keep you calm and relaxed while still keeping you awake throughout the procedure.

Nitrous Oxide

Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask placed over the mouth and nose. This should relax you while allowing you to remain awake and able to communicate. Nitrous oxide tends to reduce anxiety, increase your pain threshold, lessen the gag reflex, and create an illusion of time passing more quickly.

Providing Oral Health Care in Penticton

Our dental team at Penticton Dental is committed to providing a range of dental services tailored to the needs of our patients. 

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