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St. Catharines Sedation Dentistry

Help Relieve Anxiety, Reduce Pain with Sedation Dentistry

Garden City Dental offers oral conscious sedation – also known as sedation dentistry – to help relieve the very real and often debilitating anxiety associated with dental phobia. Patients who feel stressed about dental work, as well as those who need multiple procedures performed in one visit, benefit from conscious sedation.


The procedure involves taking an oral sedative prior to your visit, then receiving nitrous oxide to supplement the sedative's effects. Your vital signs and comfort level are keenly monitored throughout your visit.


How does nitrous oxide work?


Commonly referred to as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is used in surgery and dentistry for its pain-blocking and anxiety-reducing effects. It is known as "laughing gas" due to the euphoric effects of inhaling it. The administration of nitrous oxide is used to enhance patient comfort and helps relieve anxiety for patients of all ages. The gas – nitrous oxide and oxygen mixture – is inhaled through a face mask. The amount of gas that you receive is monitored and controlled by the dentist to ensure your safety. Helping to relax you, the gas allows the dentist to perform dental work with less comfort. The effects of nitrous oxide decrease once the mask is removed, such that if the gas is the only anesthesia that you receive, you may be capable of driving yourself home following the visit, continuing your daily activities as normal.

if You have chosen to have your dental treatment under intravenous sedation. This is different from a general anesthetic. Here are some important rules to follow before, during, and after your visit to ensure your procedure can go ahead as planned. Have a light meal, one to two hours before you attend.

Wear loose clothing, avoiding nail varnish and fake nails to help us administer your sedation and aid monitoring if you are on routine medication. Continue to take it as normal before and after your procedure, unless advised. Otherwise, do not drink alcohol or take recreational drugs, including cannabis for 48 hours before and after your procedure.

Refrain from smoking. To help. Healing sedation is not possible if you are pregnant. So be sure to tell us if you're a nursing mother, you will not be able to breastfeed for 12 hours after sedation.

Do not bring children or babies to your appointment. Bring a responsible abled-bodied escort over the age of 18 your escort will need to check in with you on arrival and remain in the waiting room during your treatment.

Sedation will make you feel relaxed and you may forget much of the visit aftercare advice will be explained to your escort and they will be given a leaflet. You will remain in the recovery area until you can walk unaided. It is preferable that you and your escort go home by car or taxi. If using public transport, take extra care, the effects of sedation can last for up to 12 hours, rest at home for the remainder of the day, accompanied by an adult.

Do not care for others. Eat and drink when you feel ready. Avoiding very hot or very cold foods. Do not drive or ride any vehicles, operate machinery or appliances. Until the following day. Do not return to work. Make important decisions, including financial transactions, sign any documents, or use social media for the next 12 hours to make sure your procedure can take placed planned.

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