At Lawrence Avenue Dental in Toronto, we do all we can to ensure that you have healthy mouth. Unfortunately, one thing stops a lot of patients from getting the dental care that they need is fear. Some people are afraid that things are going to be very painful, or they get anxious from the sound of the dental equipment, or they have a strong gag reflex. Some people just have a phobia of dentists, or are uncomfortable with people putting things in their mouth. Whatever, the reason, we’ll do whatever we can to make you feel comfortable so that we can give you the care that you need, including sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry is almost always light sedation. This means that the sedation isn’t strong enough to put you to sleep, since it’s important that you stay awake to follow the dentist’s instructions. This is also for your own convenience, since recovering from heavier forms of sedation often means you need someone else to drive you home from the clinic. However, it will have a strong calming effect, so that you can recieve your dental care without anxiety.
Depending on the circumstances, the dentists will determine the right type of sedation for you. Some options include:
- Gas Sedation, the most common kind of sedation in dental offices, uses nitrous oxide to keep you relaxed throughout your dental appointment. It’s popular because it’s both easy to use and wears off very quickly.
- Oral Sedation, is the next most common. It is the easiest to use. The dentist just gives you the pills and you swallow them. However, pills may take a little time to wear off and you may not be able to do things like drive or operate heavy machinery for the rest of the day after taking oral sedation.
- IV Sedation is the most difficult to use. Not all dentists offer it and it may not be suitable for everyone, but it does offer the strongest form of sedation. It involves using a needle to inject sedatives directly into your bloodstream. The exact mix of chemical mixture and your heart rate and breathing have to be monitored throughout the procedure.
If you have any questions about sedation dentistry, visit, contact us online, or call us at (416) 444-9045.