Smile Dentistry at Herons Hill - Toronto

Sedation in Toronto

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We offer a range of anesthetic and sedation options to ensure your dental procedure is pain-free and comfortable. Various methods can be combined to provide comprehensive coverage, tailored to your treatment plan and personal preferences, with input from your dentist or specialist.

Sedation Choices Our sedation options fall into three main categories: localized numbing, conscious sedation for relaxation, and general anesthesia for a deep sleep during the procedure. Here’s a closer look at each category:

  1. Local Anesthesia This familiar method involves numbing the specific area where treatment is needed. We gently administer a local anesthetic, ensuring you experience pressure but not pain.
  2. Conscious Sedation Through the use of prescription medications, laughing gas, or intravenous administration, light to moderate sedation allows you to remain fully conscious while achieving a state of profound relaxation. Often, this method is combined with local anesthesia for your comfort.
  3. Sleep Dentistry General anesthesia or deep sedation will induce a near or complete state of unconsciousness. Patients frequently report no memory of the procedure. Afterward, you’ll remain relaxed and drowsy, necessitating transportation by a companion and their presence for a period of time following your wake-up.

The Benefits Of Dental Sedation

Sedation and sleep dentistry are useful options that help us serve patients from all walks of life with many different challenges to overcome. Some of the benefits of sedation dentistry are as follows:

Overcoming Dental Anxiety

At times, the apprehension and unease surrounding dental visits can be more daunting than the treatment itself. Dental anxiety should never be a barrier to receiving the necessary dental care. Whether you experience mild or severe dental anxiety that hinders you from seeking treatment, please don’t hesitate to communicate your concerns—we are here to assist you.

Time Flies with Comfort

For extended procedures that require you to remain in the dental chair with your mouth open for an extended period, sedation can provide the relaxation and comfort you need. Your treatment will conclude before you realize it, and if IV sedation is necessary, it will seem like mere moments have passed.

Customized to Suit Your Unique Needs

Do you have a sensitive gag reflex? Experience chronic restlessness or restless leg syndrome? Does local anesthesia not provide effective pain control for you? Sedation can be immensely beneficial in a wide range of scenarios, ensuring that accessible treatment is available to all.

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Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

Rest assured that we talk to each and every one of our patients to understand their medical history to decide if sedation dentistry is the right option for you.
Sedation will make you feel drowsy and relaxed pretty quickly. Some people report feeling a mild tingly sensation. You may also experience mild amnesia afterwards and may not remember anything from the procedure.
Most sedation dentistry options don’t actually involve patients being put to sleep. Rather sedation dentistry allows patients to feel extremely relaxed. You may not even remember any of the procedure once it’s over.
When sedation is involved we always stress the importance of having a friend or family member drive you home and keep you company. It’s important to let the sedation wear off completely and give your body a rest before returning to your regular routine.
If you’ve been sedated for your dental procedure we would advise you to take the day off to recover. A good rule of thumb is to set aside 24-hours before returning to your regular routine. The time it takes for any drowsiness to pass will depend on what kind of sedation you receive but may be somewhere between 2 to 8 hours.

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