Sedation dentistry provides our patients with the opportunity to complete necessary dental treatment for those who suffer from dental anxiety or physical limitations that would make sitting in a dental chair for an extended amount of time difficult.
Our Kingston dentists, Dr. Nick Cosman and Dr. Patrick McDonough, have had extensive training in sedation dentistry, hold sedation and facility permits, are registered with the Royal College Dental Surgeons of Ontario, and comply to all standards regulations associated with this level of treatment. When you choose Cataraqui Dental Centre for your sedation dentistry needs, you are choosing an excellent level of personalized care.
Types of Sedation
We offer all levels of sedation right here at our Kingston, ON dental office, so you can receive the dental care you need from the dentists and team you already know and trust.
Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) helps relax individuals who have mild anxiety while also reducing the gag reflex in the mouth. It is administered through a mask over the nose. Effects of nitrous oxide wear off immediately once the mask is removed.
Oral sedation is used on individuals who suffer from mild to moderate anxiety. It can be taken in tablet or liquid form and will make patients feel sleepy and give a more relaxed feeling during their appointment. Individuals who choose oral sedation must have someone bring them to their appointment and drive them home afterward.
IV sedation is used for people undergoing dental surgery, extractions, or who have extreme anxiety. A registered nurse will administer a sedation medication to put the patient into a deep state of relaxation. The nurse will monitor the patient throughout the appointment for heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation. Individuals may sleep through their appointment and will likely not have any memory of their time in the office. Full effects of IV sedation take 24 hours to wear off.
Patients undergoing IV sedation must refrain from eating and drinking for six hours prior to their appointment. They must have an escort bring them to their appointment and have someone with them for the following 24 hours. Patients must not consume alcohol or operate heavy equipment for 24 hours after the appointment.
Sedation is not an option for everyone, as certain medical conditions may make it unsafe. A consultation at our Kingston dental office is required first to see if you're the right candidate for IV sedation.