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Sedation Dentistry


Woman under conscious sedation at dentist office in Guelph, ON. You work hard to take care of your teeth. You brush twice daily, floss once a day, and even have regular dental cleanings and exams. These steps are essential for maintaining optimal oral health. However, even if you are diligent in your oral care routine, issues can still arise that require specialized care. Cavities can develop, requiring a filling. A tooth can get damaged and may need to be extracted. You may be having missing teeth replaced with dental implants. Even if dental care itself does not make you anxious, the idea of undergoing a more invasive treatment might. Moreover, if you are experiencing fear or anxiety, you might decide to avoid getting the treatment you need. In doing so, you put your oral, and overall, health at risk. At Bisson Dentistry we can help you to get the treatments you need with sedation.

What is Sedation?


If the idea of getting dental treatment sends you into a panic, you may do everything you can to avoid it. In doing so, however, you put your oral and overall health at risk and then may require even more invasive treatments later. Sedation is a way to help you relax and remain completely calm during your necessary dental procedures, whether you need a filling, a root canal, an extraction, or an implant. There are a few different levels of sedation, designed to meet different needs.
•  Mild. Mild sedation is the lightest form of sedation. You are relaxed, but still completely conscious, and able to respond to questions.
•  Moderate. With moderate sedation, you are conscious but may feel drowsy. Many patients experience temporary amnesia with moderate sedation and are unable to recall parts, or even any, of their procedure.
•  Deep. Deep sedation keeps you right on the edge of consciousness, and you may even fall asleep.
•  General anesthesia. With general anesthesia, you sleep through your procedure.

Why Get Sedation?


Feeling fearful or anxious about a dental procedure are common reasons for sedation, but they are not the only ones. There are other situations in which sedation may prove beneficial.
•  You have very sensitive teeth.
•  You have a low tolerance for pain.
•  You have a hard time sitting still.
•  Your procedure will take a long time.
•  You are undergoing several procedures in one appointment.

Types of Sedation


There are several different types of sedation. During your consultation, we can help you to determine the best type to meet your specific needs.
•  Nitrous oxide. You most likely know nitrous oxide under the name laughing gas. This is a type of mild sedation and is administered via inhalation. At the beginning of your appointment, we place a small mask over your nose. A mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen is started. The gas starts working shortly after you begin inhaling it. Once your procedure is over, the nitrous oxide is shut off, and the oxygen remains on for a few additional minutes. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly, and you can even drive yourself home.
•  Oral conscious sedation. Oral conscious sedation is a type of moderate sedation that is administered by taking an oral medication. The medication is taken at home, an hour before your appointment. It usually takes about half an hour to start working, although times vary from person to person. It is important that you have someone who can drive you in. You will also need someone to drive you home, as the effects of oral sedation can linger for several hours after the completion of your procedure.
•  IV sedation. IV sedation can be used for moderate and deep sedation, as well as general anesthesia. This type of sedation is delivered directly into the bloodstream through a needle. The needle is inserted in the arm or the back of the hand at the beginning of your appointment. Once the medication is administered, it goes to work almost instantly. It can take a while for the effects to wear off at the end of your procedure, so you will need to have someone who can drive you home.

When you are faced with an oral health issue, whether simple or complex, getting treatment right away is essential for restoring the health of your mouth and preventing more serious complications from arising. Sedation allows you to relax, and get the treatments you need when you need them. For more information, call Bisson Dentistry today at (226) 299-0713
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