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Sedation Dentistry For Patients With Dental Fear Or Anxiety

Does the thought of going to the dentist make you sweat with fear or anxiety? Would you rather endure a toothache or postpone dental treatment than set foot inside a dental clinic? If you answered ‘Yes’ to both questions, you are not alone.


A number of Canadians suffering from dental fear would rather let their teeth rot than face the uncertainties at the dental clinic. Exposure to stimuli such as the sound of drills or dental smells provokes immediate fear, which results in anxiety attacks and distress.

Fortunately, London, Ontario patients with dental fear need not evade their dentists out of anxiety. At Alba Dental Centre, we offer various levels of sedation dentistry those who suffer from dental phobia to help them receive proper dental treatment without provoking panic attacks.

Understanding sedation dentistry

Sedation dentistry uses medication that helps patients with dental phobia to endure treatment or procedures. Known as ‘sleep dentistry,’ this procedure helps patients relax by putting them in a dreamlike state during surgery. Sedation dentistry eliminates a dental phobic patient’s anxiety and stress prior to their visit and may even help patients eventually overcome their fear of the dentist.


Levels and types of sedation dentistry offered at Alba Dental Centre in London

Sedation dentistry includes three levels depending on the patient’s case and Dr. Sharif Alsabbagh or Dr. Nuha Baalbaki recommendation:

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas):  Minimal sedation – you are awake but relaxed in an induced state of relaxation.

Oral Sedatives:  Moderate sedation – medication causes you to slur your words and forget much of the procedure.  Oral medications are given to the patient the night before the procedure.

I.V. Sedation: Deep sedation – you are barely conscious but the dentist can wake you up when needed.  Administered through your bloodstream and also induces a state of relaxation.

These sedation techniques allow patients to receive treatment for a healthy and white smile without experiencing panic attacks.

Overcome your fear of the dentist with the help of sedation dentistry.  Dr. Sharif Alsabbagh or Dr. Nuha Baalbaki can help you deal with your anxiety and provide the smile you’ve always wanted.

Book a sedation dentistry appointment today!