We want to make Bowmanville patients feel as comfortable as possible and get the treatment they need. We offer dental sedation services to accommodate your needs.
Feeling Nervous About Your Appointment?
Talk to our dentists to see if you are a candidate for completing treatment with sedation.
What is Sedation?
Sedation is the use of medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It's sometimes referred to as "sleep dentistry," although that's not entirely accurate. Patients are usually awake with the exception of those who are under general anesthesia.
The more relaxed a patient is during their dental visit, the more comfortable and successful their dental experience will be.
The levels of sedation used includes:
Minimal Sedation: you are awake but relaxed.
Moderate Sedation (formerly called "conscious sedation"): you may slur your words when speaking and not remember much of the procedure.
Deep Sedation: You are on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened.
General Anesthesia: You are completely unconscious.
Who Can Have Sedation at the Dentist?
Sedation is most appropriate for people with a real fear or anxiety that is preventing them from going to the dentist. Sedation dentistry may also be appropriate for people who:
- Have a low pain threshold
- Fidget during their appointment
- Have very sensitive teeth
- Have a bad gag reflex
- Need a large amount of dental work completed
What Types of Sedation Are Used in Dentistry?
Inhaled Minimal Sedation
You breathe nitrous oxide, otherwise known as "laughing gas", combined with oxygen through a mask that's placed over your nose. The gas helps you relax.
Depending on the total dose given, oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. For minimal sedation, you take a pill.
The pill will make you drowsy, although you'll still be awake. A larger dose may be given to produce moderate sedation.
This is the type of anesthesia most commonly associated with sedation in dentistry.
Some people become groggy enough from moderate oral sedation to actually fall asleep during the procedure. They can usually be awakened with a gentle shake.
IV Moderate Sedation
This method allows the dentist to continually adjust the level of sedation.
Deep Sedation and General Anesthesia
You will get medications that will make you either almost asleep during the procedure.
While you are under general anesthesia, you cannot easily be awakened until the effects of the anesthesia wear off or are reversed with medication.