Information for Anxious Patients

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At Legacy Dental, we understand that many people experience fear and/or anxiety when visiting a dentist's office. We offer oral sedation to help give our Lethbridge patients a positive experience.


Sedation Options, Lethbridge Dentist

Many people experience fear or anxiety when visiting a dentist’s office.

Patients who experience dental phobia may postpone or even neglect treatment, which may severely affect their overall dental health. At Legacy Dental, we understand the importance of good oral care, and can help you overcome your fear with Oral Conscious Sedation.

What is oral conscious sedation?

Oral conscious sedation is the use of oral medications to create a level of relaxation, so that an anxious patient can receive the dental care he or she needs. These sedative drugs will minimally supress your level of consciousness, but will allow you to independently and continuously maintain your breathing and circulation. 

Who may be a candidate for oral sedation?

Our hygienist may recommend oral sedation for appropriate patients with... 

  • High fear
  • Traumatic dental experience
  • Gag reflex
  • Complex dental problems
  • Desire to complete numerous dental procedures in a single appointment 

The goal of oral conscious sedation, is to make sure you are completely comfortable.

This may be an option for those patients who would like to have numerous procedures done in one visit or for those who experience anxiety when coming to a dental office.

Oral Pediatric Sedation

Many children, due to normal fear and anxiety, need a procedure that assists them through treatment of dental disease in the office.

This procedure controls anxiety and fear, minimizes physical discomfort and psychological trauma, while controlling their behavior and movement. This can aide in the completion of dental procedures.

It is often necessary for Dr. Richter to administer oral sedative medications to treat apprehensive children, prior to performing dental procedures.

Not to worry, your child can continuously and independently maintain their breathing and circulation, and is still able to respond to physical stimulation and verbal commands.

Nitrous oxide/oxygen and local anesthesia can also be used in conjunction with oral conscious sedation.

Your child is continually monitored and is protected by physical immobilization during the sedation procedure to assure the greatest margin of comfort and safety during the dental procedure.

Typically Dr. Richter will only perform this procedure on children between the ages of 5-14.

Looking for a new, healthy smile that you love? Let's talk about your options!

All services provided by general dentists: Dr. Ian Miller, Dr. Noreen Richter, Dr. Richard Boehme