Sedation dentistry is a type of dentistry that allows you to be relaxed during your periodontal treatment here at Smiles by Specialists. It can be used for patients with all levels of dental anxiety, resulting in a more positive dental experience.
Patients who choose to undergo sedation dentistry often display fear or anxiety of being at the dentist, have a hard time sitting still for long periods of time, have hard time getting (and staying) numb from anesthetics, or have a strong gag reflex. Sedation results in having little to no memory of undergoing the procedure, no sense of time while under sedation, no sense of smell or sound, and no fear or anxiety during treatment.
Types of Sedation
Dr. Lin offers three types of sedation at our Ottawa office: nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and general sedation (IV sedation).
Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide it is a simple, non-toxic gas that you breathe in through a nosepiece. Laughing gas reduces pain and induces a pleasurable feeling. Within a few minutes of inhaling the gas, you may feel lightheaded or feel tingly in your arms in legs. Some patients say that their body feels heavy. Nitrous oxide is not meant to put you to sleep; you will be able to hear and respond to any requests. The effects wear off as soon as the mask is removed. Nitrous oxide sedation may also be used in conjunction with oral sedation and local anesthetics.
Oral sedation is administered in the form of a pill, which you will take when you arrive to our office one hour prior to your appointment. It allows you to be in a relaxed state while being fully conscious. The effects last for several hours.
IV sedation will allow you to be in the most relaxed state. It is administered intravenously and will leave you with no memory of the procedure. The effects of IV sedation last for several hours.
Getting Ready for Sedation
If you are getting IV or oral sedation, here are some things to keep in mind before and after your appointment.
Before your appointment
- You must arrange to have someone drive you home at the end of your appointment and assist you to your door. You should not go home by public transportation.
- Do not wear facial makeup or nail polish. Wear comfortable, casual, and loose-fitting clothing.
- Contact us prior to the appointment if there has been a change in your general health (severe cold, fever, etc.).
- Do not eat or drink for two hours before the procedure.
- Make a trip to the washroom prior to being seated.
- Please make sure to bring your health card to the appointment with you.
Following your appointment
- You must NOT drive a car or operate machinery for at least 18 hours. You may be drowsy for the remainder of the day and should recover at home in the care of a responsible adult until you are fully alert.
- Do not travel by public transit.
- Do not drink any alcoholic beverages for the remainder of the day.
- Do not take any post-operative narcotics for eight hours after procedure completion.
Dr. Lin has years of experience providing sedation dentistry to our periodontal patients. If you think you could benefit from sedation during your treatment at our Ottawa periodontal office, ask Dr. Lin about your options.