We recognize that some of our patients may feel anxious or apprehensive about receiving dental care. Our doctors and staff work hard to make sure you have a comfortable, positive experience, and that’s why we are pleased to offer IV sedation for patients who require extra comfort before receiving their treatment. Feeling anxious about receiving dental care should never prevent you from having the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve.
How IV sedation works
Together, a Registered Nurse and your doctor will gently place an IV and administer medication to help you into a deeper state of relaxation. Once your treatment is complete, you will wake up with little or no memory of the appointment. Using IV sedation, we may be able to complete many different procedures, including complex smile makeovers, in just one office visit.
Common questions about sedation dentistry
We understand you may have many questions about IV sedation. Here are some of the most common questions and answers:
- Will I be awake during treatment?
Patients who receive IV sedation remain conscious during their dental procedure and are able to respond to commands. However, they often have no recollection of their treatment.
- Will I feel anything during my treatment?
In most cases, patients do not feel anything. There is very little discomfort, and many patients wake up feeling relaxed and comfortable with almost no memory of the treatment.
- Is sedation dentistry the same as being unconscious?
No. You will still be conscious and responsive but you will be in a deep state of relaxation.
- Is sedation dentistry safe?
Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way for many patients to receive dental treatment. Sedation dentistry is closely regulated by law and we are licensed by The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario.
- How long will it take the sedation to wear off?
The time it takes for the sedatives to wear off depends on the dose you’ve received, how long your treatment is, and how quickly your own body can recover. Because sedation causes drowsiness, you must have a family member or friend drive you to and from your appointment. After your treatment, you WILL NOT be able to drive, drink alcohol, or operate machinery.
- Am I a good candidate for sedation dentistry?
Any patient from adolescence to adulthood, who experiences dental anxiety would be a good candidate for IV sedation. If you have any of the following fears or concerns, ask your doctor about IV sedation as an option for your next dental treatment:
- Extreme dental anxiety, or fear of visiting the dentist
- Fear of needles and/or shots
- Past traumatic dental experience
- Inability to handle the smells or noises at a dentist’s office
- Overly sensitive teeth, a strong gag reflex, or trouble getting numb
- Need for a more complex dental treatment
- Self-consciousness about your teeth
- Desire for a more comfortable dental treatment
If you feel you could benefit from IV sedation at your next appointment, please contact us and let us know how we can better accommodate your needs.