Sedation Dentistry with Dr. Hughes
Are you due for a dental appointment, but are having trouble feeling comfortable in a dental office or the dentist’s chair? No matter what you may be feeling, we understand the feeling of dental anxiety or dental phobia. But it’s also a universal belief that taking care of your smile is good for your health. Take a look below at our sedation options, which have been proven to help the most fearful patients conquer the fear of sitting in the dentist’s chair.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation ia administered in pill form , which can be taken either the night before or an hour before your appointment. By the time you reach our Toronto office, you’ll feel deeply relaxed and calm. .. The amount of time that it will take for the sedation to wear off varies per patient, so alternative transportation is recommended for your safety. Ask a friend or family member to drive you to and from our office.
Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas”, is another form of sedation. It’s inhaled through a mask or tube to the nose while you sit comfortably in the treatment chair. Nitrous oxide is not only calming , it also reduces and even blocks pain.
Patients can rest assured that the nitrous oxide is monitored at all times by Dr. Hughes and our team throughout your appointment, and will enable us to finish treatments quickly. After the face mask is removed, nitrous oxide tends to wear off quickly. You may be able to transport yourself home and resume your normal activities after your appointment.
IV Conscious Sedation
IV conscious sedation is a mix of chemicals that is administered through an IV in the arm or hand. This method of sedation is recommended for patients who are undergoing invasive dental treatments or who may have severe dental phobia. IV sedation does not render you unconscious, but instead induces the patient into a a state of deep relaxation or “twilight state”. You will be able to communicative with Dr. Hughes, but will feel no pain nor have any memory of the procedure.
It may take some time for the sedation to wear off, so it’s recommended that you have someone transport you home. The total time it takes will vary from patient to patient, but by the next day you will feel ready to resume your normal routine.
Advanced Dentistry in Toronto
Do you suffer from dental phobia? We understand how you feel and commend you for continuing to look into proper dental care. We have various sedation methods to help you overcome your fears, block pain, or even have no memory of your entire procedure. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hughes, to learn more about your options and what may work best for you.