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Relax Your Way Through Dental Procedures with Sedation Dentistry at Westgate Dental Centre

At Westgate Dental Centre, we understand that going to the dentist can be an intimidating experience for some. That’s why we offer a range of sedation dentistry options to help patients easily relax through dental procedures. With sedation dentistry, you can rest assured that your comfort and safety are our top priorities.

Our team of experienced dentists is specially trained in administering sedatives to help reduce your anxiety and stress during treatments. So, whether you’re coming in for a simple cleaning or a more complex procedure, you can trust Westgate Dental Centre to ensure your dental visit is as stress-free as possible.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a type of dental surgery where medicine is used to make patients feel more comfortable during dental procedures. It’s also known as “sleep dentistry,” but patients are usually awake and can answer the dentist’s questions.

Sedation dentistry can help people who feel anxious about going to the dentist, have a sensitive gag reflex, or have trouble sitting still for long periods. It can also be beneficial for complex or invasive dental work.

There are two types of sedation commonly used in dentistry: conscious sedation and intravenous (IV) sedation. Both types aim to help patients relax, but they differ in their level of sedation and how they are administered.

At Westgate Dental Centre, we offer sedation dentistry to help our patients feel comfortable and relaxed during their dental procedures. Our experienced team will work with you to determine which sedation method is ideal for your needs. Don’t let dental anxiety keep you from achieving a healthy, beautiful smile. Contact us today to learn more about our sedation dentistry services.

Conscious Sedation

Conscious sedation is mild sedation often used in a minor surgical, or dental procedure. The purpose of conscious sedation is to help the patient relax while still being able to respond to verbal commands. This type of sedation can be administered orally or through inhalation, and medical staff will monitor the patient’s safety throughout the procedure.

Conscious sedation produces a state of relaxation, reduced anxiety, and decreased sensitivity to pain. The patient may feel drowsy but can still communicate and breathe independently. During the procedure, the patient may experience some degree of amnesia and have little or no memory afterward. Once the process is complete, the patient can usually leave the medical facility shortly after and may be able to resume their normal activities within a few hours.

At Westgate Dental Centre, we offer conscious sedation as a safe and effective option to help our patients feel comfortable during their dental procedures. Our experienced professionals will work with you to determine if conscious sedation is the right choice for your needs. Contact us today to learn more about our sedation dentistry services.

IV Sedation

IV sedation is a powerful form of sedation often used for more invasive surgical procedures or those that require longer-lasting drowsiness. Unlike conscious sedation, which is given orally or through inhalation, IV sedation is administered through a needle in a vein. This allows for precise control over the level of sedation and how quickly it takes effect.

IV sedation can range from mild to heavy sedation, with the patient sometimes being barely conscious. To ensure the patient’s safety, the sedation process is constantly monitored, and the dose can be adjusted as needed. Patients who receive IV sedation will not be able to communicate during the procedure and will have little or no memory afterward.

After the procedure, patients will need more time to recover from the effects of IV sedation. They must be monitored until they are fully alert and able to walk safely. Patients who receive IV sedation for multiple procedures will need a responsible adult to escort them home and stay with them until the effects of local anesthesia and sedation wear off completely.

We provide IV sedation dentistry at Westgate Dental Centre as a secure and useful option for our patients who require it. Together, you and our skilled staff will decide on the right dose of sedation for your surgery, and we’ll watch out for your safety at all times. To find out more about our sedation dentistry services, contact us now.

Why Dental Sedation is a Better Treatment for You

Dental anxiety is a common problem among many people, and it can prevent them from seeking the dental care they need. In recent years, sedation dentistry has emerged as a solution to this problem of dental fear. During required dental treatments that call for more intensive sedation, sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients unwind and feel comfortable.

Reduces Anxiety

One of the most significant benefits of oral sedation is that it can reduce anxiety. Dental anxiety can cause patients to feel nervous, scared, and even panic-stricken in a dental chair. By administering sedation medication, dentists can calm anxious patients down and help them relax. This makes it easier for them to undergo dental procedures without experiencing fear or discomfort.

Pain-Free Treatment

Sedation dentistry allows for pain-free dental treatment. When patients are relaxed and comfortable, they are less likely to experience pain. This is especially helpful for patients with a medical history of low pain tolerance or undergoing lengthy or invasive dental procedures.


Sedation dentistry can save time for both patients and dentists. When patients are sedated, they are less likely to move around or fidget during procedures. This makes it easier for dentists to perform functions quickly and efficiently. Additionally, with oral sedatives, patients may be less aware of the passage of time, making going to the dentist and procedure feel shorter.

Improved Treatment Quality

Sedation dentistry can improve oral health and treatment quality. Dentists can work more effectively when patients are relaxed without worrying about discomfort or anxiety. This can lead to better results and fewer complications.

Safe and Effective

Sedation dentistry is safe and effective when administered by qualified and experienced dental sedation professionals. Sedation medication is carefully monitored throughout the procedure to ensure the patient’s safety. Additionally, patients are observed after the process to ensure that the drug wears off safely and that they can leave the office without complications.

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Book an Appointment Today

Don’t let dental anxiety or fear prevent you from receiving the care you need. At Westgate Dental Centre, we offer safe and effective sedation dentistry to help you feel more relaxed and comfortable during dental procedures. Our experienced team is dedicated to providing compassionate care and ensuring your comfort and safety.

Make an appointment with us now if you’re ready to experience the benefits of sedation dentistry and receive the dental care you require. We also offer cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and many other procedures.

Contact us by phone or through our website to schedule your visit at our dental office and take the first step towards a healthier, happier smile.

Frequently Asked Questions

Nitrous oxide sedation, or laughing gas, is administered through a mask over the patient’s nose. It is a moderate sedation procedure that helps patients relax during dental procedures.

Sedation dentistry is generally safe when administered by a qualified dental professional. However, patients must disclose any medical conditions or medications they take to their dentist before sedation.

Sedation dentistry can be used for a wide range of dental procedures, from routine cleanings to more complex procedures like dental surgery.

Nitrous oxide sedation reduces anxiety and produces feelings of relaxation and euphoria. It is a fast-acting sedative that wears off quickly, so patients can return to normal activities shortly after their dental appointment.

It depends on the type of sedation used. Nitrous oxide sedation produces a mild level of sedation that does not typically cause unconsciousness. However, other types of sedation may produce a deeper level of sedation or even unconsciousness.

Sedation dentistry may be a good option for dental patients who experience dental anxiety or fear, have a low pain threshold, or require complex dental procedures. However, it is important to discuss your options with your dentist to determine if sedation dentistry is right for you.

The duration of the sedative effect will depend on the type of sedation used. Nitrous oxide sedation typically wears off quickly, while other types of sedation may take longer. Your dentist can provide more information on the duration of the sedative effect for your specific situation.

Your dentist will provide specific instructions on how to prepare for your dental appointment with sedation. This may include fasting for a certain period before the appointment, avoiding certain medications, or arranging for someone to drive you home after the procedure. It is important to follow these instructions carefully to ensure a safe and successful sedation experience.

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