Sedation Dentistry Etobicoke

Not everyone feels comfortable going to the dentist; in fact, for some patients, it’s downright terrifying! But what if we told you that relaxed dental appointments are a possibility at our Toronto dental clinic?

At Toronto Lakeshore Dental, your comfort is our number one priority, and our doctors understand that fear and anxiety often hold people back from getting much-needed dental treatments. For this reason, we offer different options for dental sedation to help you feel more relaxed and at ease during your treatment procedures. Most of all, we want you to get the quality dental care you deserve so you can maintain your oral health for a lifetime.

If you have questions about sedation dentistry, we always welcome your call to our Etobicoke dental clinic. We have also listed some of our common questions about sedation dentistry below.woman hugging man's shoulders from behind

Why do I have dental anxiety?

Millions of Canadians avoid the dentist because of dental anxiety. Some people only go to a top Toronto dentist when they are experiencing an emergency such as an excruciating toothache or mouth trauma. These people are overlooking the fact that regular preventive care could likely prevent many of these dental emergencies from happening in the first place.

It’s true: Most people are not thrilled to go to the dentist because it isn’t all that pleasant to have your mouth worked on. Some people don’t like the lack of control they feel when someone else has their hands inside their mouth. The sounds of the dental drill and even the odours of a dental office can also trigger fears.

Other causes of dental anxiety include:

  • A bad experience at the dentist as a child
  • Pre-existing anxiety disorders
  • Embarrassment over the state of one’s teeth
  • Fear of needles
  • Fear of choking or gagging

We understand that dental anxiety is very real, but our dentists are gentle and patient. We don’t want your fears to keep you from getting the dental care you need.

This is where sedation dentistry at our Toronto dental clinic can be quite beneficial.

girl hiding mouth while sitting in dental chairWho can benefit from dental sedation?

Anyone who is so anxious about visiting the dentist that they neglect their oral health might be able to benefit from sedation dentistry at our Etobicoke dental clinic.

Here are some other instances where sedation dentistry might be a good solution:

  • You find it difficult to sit still long enough in the dental chair to receive treatment
  • Your pain tolerance is low
  • You are undergoing an extensive dental procedure that will take some time
  • Your teeth are highly sensitive 
  • You have a strong gag reflex
  • You have medical issues that make it difficult for you to sit in one position for very long

Keep in mind that certain conditions, including sleep apnea, could put you at risk of complications from anesthesia. Please alert us to any medical conditions you might have.

What type of sedation dentistry in Toronto do you offer?

We offer three types of sedation dentistry at our Toronto dental clinic. Each provides a different level of sedation dentistry to help make your experience here as comfortable as possible. All can help you deal with the stress and anxiety you might be feeling about your time in the dental chair.

  • Nitrous oxide 
  • Oral conscious sedation
  • IV sedation

Our Etobicoke dentists can talk to you about what might be the best dental sedation option for your particular situation.

What is nitrous oxide?

Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is a great option for patients who just need some extra assistance feeling relaxed at their appointment. It’s a breathable combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen that’s administered through a mask you’ll wear during your dental appointment. You’ll be awake yet feel at ease and calm during your procedure.

At the end of your appointment, the mask is removed, and it takes only a few minutes for the nitrous to completely exit your system.

woman smiling in dental chair in etobicokeCan I drive myself home after having nitrous oxide?

Nitrous oxide leaves your system just as quickly as it enters, so as soon as we take off the mask, you’ll feel back to normal in a matter of moments. You’ll be able to drive yourself home and resume normal daily activities after your appointment if you opt for nitrous oxide at our Toronto dental clinic.

What is oral sedation?

Oral sedation is a medication that our dentists will prescribe for you to take approximately one hour before your appointment. With this type of sedation, you’ll need to arrange for a ride to and from your appointment, and you’ll need to take the rest of the day off from your regular activities.

When you take your pill, you’ll still be awake and responsive but completely relaxed to the point that you may feel like you’ve fallen asleep. Some patients find that they have little memory of their appointment or the dental procedures that take place.

Oral sedation is a great option for those patients who may have multiple dental procedures to get done at one appointment at our Etobicoke dental clinic.

Can I drive myself home after having oral conscious sedation?

As the name implies, you will remain conscious during oral conscious sedation, but because of its stress-reducing effects that enable you to become fully relaxed, it is not safe to drive yourself home after your dental appointment at our Toronto dental office. The effects of the medication can linger in your system for several hours, so you must have a friend or family member to drive you home after your appointment.

Because the effects can linger, you will probably want to take the rest of the day off from work so you can go home and rest. You should feel back to normal the next day.

etobicoke woman smilingWhat is IV sedation?

IV sedation, or sleep dentistry, utilizes medications that are administered through an intravenous line. Dr. Joo will monitor your vital signs throughout your procedure, as you will be completely asleep with this type of sedation.

Patients who are having longer procedures, such as dental implants or wisdom teeth extractions, may choose to have IV sedation at our Toronto dental clinic. It also works well for a patient who might need multiple treatments done because they will be able to complete all their dental work at one time.

Dr. Joo has had extensive training and many years of experience in administering all these forms of sedation, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands throughout your entire procedure.

Can I drive myself home after having IV sedation?

You’ll need to arrange for a ride to and from your appointment and will need time to recover after IV sedation. It’s a good idea to have someone stay with you for an hour or so afterward just to make sure you are doing okay. Plan on taking some time off from work so you can rest and recover from sleep dentistry.

Don’t Let Fear Ruin a Beautiful Smile in Etobicoke

Don’t let fear or anxiety keep you from achieving optimal oral health. Contact Toronto Lakeshore Dental to learn more about your options for dental sedation.