Stay Calm and Smile on with Sleep Dentistry in Barrie
Imagine waking up to a brand new, healthy smile.
Sleep dentistry allows a patient to receive the care and detailed attention they deserve, safely and stress-free. Recommended for complex or invasive procedures, we administer a general anesthesia to make the patient fall asleep (unconscious) for the full procedure.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Also referred to as relaxation dentistry, sedation dentistry improves a patient’s comfort level while allowing the dental specialist to perform an otherwise difficult procedure. Unlike sleep dentistry, in sedation dentistry the patient is still awake but in a deeply relaxed state. Patients can typically still speak and respond to simple requests, while any worries regarding the actual procedure simply melt away…
During the initial consultation, our dental specialist will talk to you about your upcoming procedure and evaluate your physical condition to ensure sedation is right for you. We’ll also discuss the conscious sedation techniques available. Sedation can be administered orally or intravenously depending on the patient’s desires and the type of treatment being performed.
At GMDG, we generally provide sedation dentistry in the following situations:
If the patient
– Suffers from anxiety over visiting a dentist or receiving dental work
– Has had a traumatic experience in the past
– Has a disability that may interfere with the dental specialist’s expertise – Has a strong gag reflex
If the procedure
– Is complex, lengthy or invasive
– Could cause undo pain or discomfort during surgery
What Types Of Sedation Dentistry Are Available?
Painlessly administered via a face mask. The patient falls asleep and is completely unaware of the procedure being performed. Available for all types of oral surgery, including even simple procedures if the patient has a high level of anxiety. Typically used for invasive procedures like wisdom teeth removal and extensive dental implant work.
Conscious Sedation Dentistry
Nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation, commonly referred to as laughing gas, is inhaled by the patient. This is the most frequently used sedation technique, and has been considered safe for decades be- cause the nitrous oxide leaves the patient’s body shortly after the procedure is complete. Some patients fall asleep from laughing gas and most experience some degree of amnesia.
Oral Moderate Sedation
Administered to the patient with a pill. Also referred to as enteral conscious sedation and orally administered sedation. All body functions remain normal and the patient is able to breathe on their own. Patients often fall asleep and amnesia is common. Unlike the inhaled method, the level of sedation for each patient is not as predictable.
Patients receiving sleep or sedation dentistry are advised to have someone accompany them to our office to provide transportation once the procedure is done. Depending on the amount and type of sedation administered, this “buddy” may also be advised to monitor the patient for the first couple hours after they return home.