Dental Anxiety Affects over 15% of Canadians
Does just thinking about going to the dentist make you anxious? Well, you’re not alone. In fact, over 15% percent of Canadians report feeling either “somewhat afraid” or “very afraid or terrified” of dental visits.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Fortunately, Dr. K. Ashraf offers a solution for people who have difficulty sitting through a dental procedures. It’s called sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry, is the use of anesthesia or other pharmacological agents to calm a patient prior to and during a dental appointment.
Who’s a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
If any of the following characteristics describe you, then you could be a good candidate for sedation dentistry:
- Low pain threshold
- Struggle with dental anxiety
- Can’t sit still in dental chair
- Very sensitive teeth
- Have a gag reflex
- Require a large amount of dental work
How Does Sedation Dentistry Work?
With sedation dentistry, anesthesia is administered to the patient to help dull pain or sedate a nervous or anxious patient.
When you receive sedation dentistry from Dr. K. Ashraf’s office, you will be sedated by a physician who is a professional anesthesiologist.
You will be completely relaxed during the procedure and you won’t feel any pain. But you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home following the procedure.
Meet Our Anesthesiologist
Dr. Iqbal Hussain Biswas is a physician who specializes in Anesthesiology and Pain Management. He is qualified to administer and oversee sedation dentistry:
- Served as the Chief of the Department of Anesthesia at Cambridge Memorial Hospital.
- Adjunct professor at McMaster University in Hamilton
- Sits on the Board of Directors at Cambridge Memorial Hospital
- Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
- Member of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society
Dr. Biswas uses intravenous (IV) sedation, which allows him to continuously monitor and adjust the level of sedation.
Leave Your Worries Behind
With sedation dentistry from Dr. K., there’s no reason to avoid going to the dentist. Contact our office in Waterloo, ON to learn more. We’re looking forward to seeing you.