Overcoming Dental Anxiety: How Sedation Dentistry Can Make Implant Procedures Easier

Visiting the dentist can be daunting for many, leading to postponed appointments and neglected oral health. At Burnaby Dental Centre, we understand that dental anxiety is a real concern, which is why we’ve embraced sedation dentistry. This approach helps ease anxiety, ensuring that even complex procedures like dental implants can be performed with minimal discomfort. Here’s a closer look at how sedation dentistry can transform your dental experience.

Understanding dental anxiety

Dental anxiety can stem from various factors, including past traumatic experiences or a fear of pain. Symptoms might include dizziness, panic attacks, or heart palpitations, making it difficult for patients to even consider a dental visit. Ignoring these symptoms can lead to deteriorated oral health and more complex problems down the line.

Is dental anxiety dangerous?

Dealing with dental anxiety can be challenging, and we understand how it can impact your oral health. One of the most significant risks associated with dental anxiety is the potential to avoid or delay necessary appointments and treatments.

At Burnaby Dental Centre, we encourage you to talk to us about your fears and concerns so that we can work together to find ways to help you feel more relaxed and at ease. By taking small steps toward managing your dental anxiety, we can help you prioritize your oral health and prevent any potential complications. Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. We’re here to support you every step of the way.

How we help you ease dental anxiety

When you visit us, you can trust that you’ll be in good hands. Our experienced and compassionate staff is here to ensure that your dental visit is as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

We offer:

  • Sedation dentistry options
  • Relaxing and calming office
  • Pre and post-care instructions to help you stay calm
  • Positive communication and specialized staff

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. There are several levels of sedation:

  • Mild Sedation: You are awake but relaxed.
  • Moderate Sedation (Conscious Sedation): You may slur your words when speaking and not remember much of the procedure.
  • Deep Sedation: You are on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened.
  • General Anesthesia: You are completely unconscious.

The role of sedation in dental implants

Dental implants involve replacing tooth roots with metal posts and replacing damaged or missing teeth with artificial ones that look and function like real ones. It’s a procedure that can be daunting for those with dental anxiety. Here’s how sedation dentistry helps:

1. Reduces Anxiety

Sedation can help control anxiety, allowing you to be calm and relaxed during the procedure.

2. Minimizes Pain

While local anesthesia numbs the pain, sedation can help manage the fear and discomfort that come with the procedure.

3. Improves Cooperation

Sedation can help reduce the reflexes that might make it difficult to perform the procedure, such as a sensitive gag reflex.

4. Quick Recovery

Certain forms of sedation, like nitrous oxide, wear off quickly, allowing you to recover faster without prolonged grogginess.

Choosing the right sedation for you

Selecting the ideal sedation option is crucial to ensure a comfortable and anxiety-free dental procedure. At Burnaby Dental Centre, we personalize sedation methods to match your specific needs, considering several important factors:

Understanding your medical history

Before determining the appropriate sedation type, our dentists review your medical history. This includes any medications you are currently taking, past reactions to anesthesia, and your overall physical health. This step is vital to avoid any potential complications and to ensure your safety throughout the dental procedure.

Assessing your anxiety level

Dental anxiety varies significantly from one person to another. We take the time to understand the intensity and source of your anxiety, whether it stems from a previous dental experience, fear of pain, or general anxiety about medical procedures. This assessment helps us to tailor the sedation level to your specific comfort needs.

Discussing procedural requirements

Different dental procedures may require different levels of sedation. For example, a quick and minimally invasive treatment might only need mild sedation, while more complex procedures like dental implants or extractions could necessitate deeper sedation. We discuss the details of the planned procedure so you know exactly what to expect and how we manage comfort and pain control.

Choosing the sedation method

Based on the above evaluations, we’ll recommend the most suitable sedation method for you. Options include:

  • Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas): Ideal for patients who need a slight reduction in anxiety and a quick recovery post-procedure.
  • Oral Sedation: This involves taking a prescribed medication before the procedure. It’s perfect for moderate anxiety and longer treatments.
  • IV Sedation: Administered intravenously, this option allows for deeper sedation and is adjustable throughout the procedure.
  • General Anesthesia: Recommended for the most extensive procedures or for patients with severe dental anxiety.

Continued communication

We encourage you to ask questions and express any concerns you may have about sedation dentistry. Our goal is to make you feel informed and comfortable with the chosen sedation method.

By carefully considering these factors, we ensure that your dental visit is as stress-free and painless as possible. Choosing the right sedation is a collaborative process, and at Burnaby Dental Centre, your comfort and safety are our top priorities. Together, we can create a treatment experience that is tailored specifically to your needs.

Don’t let anxiety hold you back from achieving the smile you deserve.

Sedation dentistry has opened a new frontier in managing dental anxiety, especially for complex procedures like dental implants. By understanding the options available and discussing your needs with your dentist, you can undergo necessary dental treatments with ease and comfort. 

Experience our gentle, patient-centered approach to implants. Every member of our friendly, compassionate team is here to answer your questions and ensure you’re comfortable with every step.

Contact us online today or call us at (604) 294-3271 to schedule your appointment. We’re dedicated to helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime.




Dr. Anik Popat earned his dental degree from University of Manitoba and is fully accredited to BC College of Dental Surgeons.