At Family Dentist Tree, we aim to provide our patients, a stress-free and relaxed dental experience with our family dentist through sedation or sleep dentistry in our Oakville clinic.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry employs the use of medication to help patients relax during dental treatments. Although it is also known as sleep dentistry, patients are either awake or unconscious depending on the type of sedative used. We use different types of sedation to help calm the nerves, allowing patients to comfortably get through the procedure and preventing any emotionally draining experience.
- Nitrous Oxide - Also known as laughing gas, this type of sedation is safe for both children and adults and carries minimal risk compared to other sedation methods. Patients are awake, but relaxed during the procedure. Nitrous oxide sedation can be used in various dental treatments, from teeth cleaning to root canals.
- Oral Sedation - Taken in pill form, oral sedation can induce a low or moderate relaxation depending on the dosage. Although conscious, you may become groggy and may not fully remember much of the procedure. Since this type of sedation can make you drowsy, you need someone to drive you to and from the clinic.
- IV Sedation - Compared to the other types, intravenous (IV) sedation is the quickest working sedative since the solution is injected directly to the bloodstream. It makes you relaxed and sleepy during the procedure and an hour long appointment feels like a few minutes. However, the dentist and e registered nurse will closely monitor your vital signs and breathing.
Are You an Ideal Patient for Sleep Dentistry?
While it helps you feel at ease and relaxed, not everyone is an ideal candidate for asleep dentistry. The dentist will look into your medical records and current health condition. That is why it is important to tell your dentist if you have had a history of adverse reactions to anesthesia to help your dentist decide if sedation is safe for you.
However, if you are in good health but have the following concerns, you are an ideal candidate for sedation dentistry:
- Feeling uneasy during a dental procedure
- Unpleasant dental experience in the past
- Extremely sensitive gag reflex
- Complex dental issues
- Having a small mouth which makes it hard for the dentist to work on
- General Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Certain special needs that make dental treatment difficult
If you have any of these issues, do not hesitate to ask our dentists about the possibility of sedation dentistry.
Pre-Operative Instructions Before Sedation Dental Procedure
- Do not consume any foods or liquids for 8 hours prior to your scheduled appointment.
- Bring a list of all your current medication to your consultation so the dentist can modify or instruct which you should or should not take before the treatment.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
- If you suspect you are pregnant at the time of the consultation, let your dentist know.
- Have an adult accompany you to and from the office.
- Avoid operating a motor vehicle for 24 hours after sedation.
Post-Operative Instructions for Our Oakville Sleep Dentistry Patients
After the procedure, we will provide you with a printed copy of post-operative instructions, including what to expect after the treatment, anesthetics, and aftercare tips.
Should you have any questions, concerns, or simply need reassurance about your recovery, call Family Dentist Tree at (905) 845-1833 at any time following discharge from our Oakville dental office.