Hate needles? Fear of dentists? Sensitive teeth? Bad gag reflex? Difficulty sitting through long appointments?
Local anesthetic is used for most of our gum surgery procedures. However, for patients who are more apprehensive about dental treatment, we also offer sedation in conjunction with any dental procedures.
Dr. Bouclin has been trained and certified in oral and intravenous sedation techniques by the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. He holds a current permit issued by the Royal College of Dentists of Ontario to deliver conscious sedation to patients, in our office.
Conscious sedation, sometimes called relaxation dentistry, is used to manage pain and anxiety during dental appointments. Conscious sedation will make you feel calm and relaxed during your treatment.
Patients under conscious sedation are able to respond to direction and breathe on their own, unlike general anaesthesia where a patient is completely unconscious, asleep, and unable to respond.
Dr.Bouclin offers two types of conscious sedation:
- Oral conscious sedation
- Intravenous (IV) sedation.
With oral conscious sedation, medication is administered by taking a pill in our dental office, ½ hour before the treatment. The medication used is Halcion© (Triazolam) for adults, and Versed© (Medazolam) for children in a liquid form. Patients must have a responsible adult to drive them home and must not operate a motor vehicle for 24 hours following treatment.
With intravenous sedation, medications are administered into the blood stream by a certified nurse, under Dr.Bouclin’s supervision. The sedative effects are immediate and amnesia is usually associated with this technique. Typically, the sedative effects under IV Sedation are more prominent then with oral conscious sedation. Patients must have a responsible adult to drive them home and must not operate a motor vehicle for 24 hours following treatment.