SEDATION DENTISTRY

At A Better Smile, we offer three different sedation alternatives for your dentistry procedures. It is important to us that your visits to the dentist are relaxed and pain-free.

Happy Gas Sedation
This is the lightest type of sedation. There are several ways to sedate a patient that result in anxiolysis. Here we use an inhalation of nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas.

Conscious sedation
We also provide a moderate level of sedation called conscious sedation. Conscious sedation can be induced with oral medication or through inhalation.

In some cases, we use both oral sedation and nitrous oxide to achieve the most relaxed state. While you are becoming more relaxed, you will be laying in a comfortable chair, with a blanket, in a dimly-lit, quiet room. Once you are relaxed and comfortable, a local anaesthetic is administered to provide you with a pain-free experience.

Depending on the patient, oral sedation may last from two to six hours. In order to ensure your well-being, it’s best to arrange for a companion to take you home.

Deep: IV sedation
Deep sedation put the patient in the state between conscious and unconscious. During deep sedation, the patient is completely unresponsive. This is best done with IV sedation where the sedative is directly administered into your circulatory system.

Sleep sedation with IV in dentistry enables even the most anxious patients to undergo dental treatment. During treatment, you will not experience any pain or discomfort. And when you awake after the procedure you will have no memory of the treatment. Like with conscious sedation, to ensure your well-being, you should arrange for a companion to take you home.

WHO ADMINISTERS THE SEDATIVE?

At A Better Smile Dental Centre, Dr Joel Kligman and Dr Simon Briggs are IV Sedation certified. With 40 years of combined experience, both doctors are proficient in oral and IV sedation.

We also offer licensed medical anaesthetics for patients who require it or have any special needs.

CAN I TAKE MY MEDICATIONS?

Yes, you can take your usual medication at the time you would normally have them, even during the fasting period. In this case, you can drink a small sip of water to swallow your pills.

If you are diabetic, please contact us to properly discuss your options.

WILL I BE ASLEEP

Yes. In most cases, you will be in a state partway between conscious and unconscious, but you will be able to respond to commands.

WHAT I SHOULD WEAR?

Please wear comfortable clothing, remember that most dental treatments can take an hour or more. We recommend wearing short sleeves to allow a blood pressure cuff to be fitted to one of your upper arms.

Avoid one-piece outfits, sometimes an adhesive patch needs to be placed on the side of your rib cage under your blouse or shirt.

WHAT HAPPEN AFTER THE PROCEDURE?

After the procedure is finished you will have a brief recovery period after which you can go straight home. You must be accompanied home by a responsible adult.

Remember you cannot walk, drive, or take any type of public transport to get home. Neither, should you go to work or sign any legal documents. In most cases, you can resume your normal life the next day after the procedure.

If you have not made arrangements to be accompanied home, your procedure may need to be rescheduled.
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