Do you feel anxious about visiting the dentist?
Sedation Dentistry can help.
If you, or someone in your family, suffer from dental anxiety and phobia, know that you’re not alone. In fact, Statistics Canada estimate that a staggering 40% of Canadians live with a dental fear or phobia. While most dental procedures aren’t painful, just the thought of being examined can make some people feel stressed. If this sounds like you, talk to us about your feelings, concerns and fears, and will discuss how Sedation Dentistry options can help you overcome these feelings.
Your comfort is our priority
Drs. Forman and Ranu and the U Shine Dental team have the training and experience to address your dental anxiety and help to deliver treatment to you comfortably. Whether you’re receiving a routine cleaning or a more involved procedure sedation dentistry can help you to feel more relaxed and comfortable.
Our skilled dental professionals offer a variety of helpful calming methods. During your appointment, we will customize a sedation treatment plan that best addresses your unique concerns based upon your medical history and general level of anxiety.
Laughing Gas (Nitrous-Oxide & Oxygen)
While you are having your dental work completed you will breathe laughing gas through a nasal mask. The concentration is adjusted so that you are relaxed and feel like you are floating. You aren’t asleep; rather you are ‘zoned-out’.
You’ll be able to answer questions and recall the entire dental procedure. When the procedure is finished you will breathe oxygen for a few minutes and return to feeling completely normal. You will even be able to drive yourself home.
Oral sedation uses a medication, similar to Valium, which you’ll be given in our office approximately 45 minutes prior to your dental procedure. The dose is based on your weight and tolerance of two glasses of wine. It’s crucial that you don’t eat or drink within 6 hours of the procedure (water is accepted). The medication is absorbed through your stomach and the presence of food will reduce the effectiveness and may contribute to vomiting. Oral sedation, unlike laughing gas will make you feel drowsy and sleepy. You will feel quite relaxed, but will still be able to answer questions and respond to gentle nudging and voice communication.
One of the benefits of oral conscious sedation is that you won’t remember the procedure while the medication is active. Your blood pressure, pulse and oxygen level are monitored during the sedation process. You won’t be able to drive and are considered legally sedated for 18 hours after the medication is given. You will require a responsible adult to take you home and care for you.
Nitrous-Oxide And Oral-Conscious Sedation
This is very similar to oral conscious sedation with the addition of laughing gas. You will be given the oral medication approximately 45 minutes prior to your procedure and allowed to relax. You will be placed on a monitor that will measure your blood pressure, pulse and oxygen level before and during the procedure. Once the procedure starts you will be given the laughing gas to breathe.
The benefit of this process is that when you are not relaxed enough the laughing gas can be adjusted to further ease anxiety and relax you. With oral sedation alone it is not possible to control your state as well as with the addition of laughing gas. This is especially beneficial for longer procedures where the oral sedative can begin to wear off and the concentration of the laughing gas can be increased to supplement and sustain relaxation. Again, you won’t recall the procedure and you will be drowsy when the medication wears off.
You will be unable to drive and you are considered legally sedated for 18 hours after the medication is given. You will require a responsible adult to take you home and look after you.
If you want to be completely asleep during the entire procedure, and wake up only when the procedure is finished, we offer deep sedation. This is performed by a trained dental or medical anesthetist with all of the equipment that you would see in a surgical operating room.
These sedation procedures are safe and very effective. Every precaution is taken to ensure that you have a great experience without risk to your health. If you feel that sedation or sleep dentistry may help you though your dental procedures please let us know. We look forward to working with you to provide you with quality dental care in a comfortable, relaxed manner.