Sedation Dentistry

Yes, you can be comfortable at the dentist!

Do you avoid getting the dental care you need and deserve because you feel fearful or anxious? Have you missed your dental appointments, avoided scheduling important dental treatment like fillings or crowns, or suffered through agonizing tooth pain because the mere thought of sitting in a dental chair makes you nervous?

It is common for many patients to feel nervous or anxious about their dental procedures. With sedation dentistry you can be calm, comfortable or even asleep through the entire procedure! Our anaesthesia team has advanced training to help with your anxiety, by administering medications to make you feel more comfortable.

This safe and effective technique is beneficial for anyone who:

  • Suffers from dental anxiety or fear of the dentist
  • Has had a traumatic dental experience in the past
  • Has neurological disorders that make holding still in a dental chair difficult
  • Needs extensive dental work done, with little time to do it
  • Has extremely sensitive teeth
  • Has trouble getting numb by other methods
  • Has difficulty due to gagging

What is sedation and anaesthesia?

The anxiety that some people have can be controlled by administering sedative drugs. A combination of drugs can provide relaxation, amnesia, additional pain control, and even deep sleep. Depending on the patient and the procedure, an anaesthetic plan is prescribed that is tailored specifically to meet your needs.  At Soni Dentistry, we are proud to be one of very few dental offices in Southwestern Ontatrio offering ALL LEVELS OF SEDATION ranging from light sedation (nitrous or oral sedatives), moderate sedation (nitrous combined with oral sedatives), and deep sedation (IV or GA).

How is the medication administered?

The sedative and anaesthetic medications are typically given intravenously (IV). During the procedure, the IV allows easy administration of medications to make you relaxed and comfortable instantaneously. Patients who are anxious about receiving an IV may be given a sedative pill in our dental office, 45 minutes prior to the appointment. An anaesthetic patch (EMLA) can also be placed on the skin to numb it, making IV placement more tolerable. In cases of extreme needle-phobia, laughing gas can also be administered before the IV is started.

How am I monitored during the procedure?

All of your vital signs such as blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation and EKG are monitored closely during the entire procedure by our anesthesia team. 

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