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At Sheppard Village Dental, we are committed to making your experience with us memorable and positive. Our personal mission is to provide high quality dental care while ensuring your comfort and putting you at ease. We understand that some people have extreme anxiety when it comes to dental appointments. At Sheppard Village Dental, we offer a solution to those patients who prefer a more effective calming agent: sedation dentistry.
Sleep dentistry is a term often used in place of sedation dentistry. It implies you will sleep through the procedure. In most cases, conscious sedation is safer and easier for most patients. With sedation, patients can have their dental treatment completed in a more relaxed state, free from stress and anxiety. It also allows the dentist to complete the treatment quicker and easier by focusing on the procedure rather than slowly performing while calming the patient. Oftentimes the patient will simply sleep through the process and relax knowing their smile will be treated without pain or discomfort.
Sedation assists with helping patients enter a very relaxed state and makes you feel like you are sleeping through the procedure. You will still be able to respond to the dentist in a limited way both verbally and physically. You won’t consciously remember the experience, but still can respond to the dentist’s requests to help perform the treatment.
Sedation can also help prevent TMJ (jaw) soreness during procedures. Since opening your jaw for longer periods of time can sometimes cause soreness, using sedation helps to not only relax the jaw, but also to speed up the procedure. By eliminating anxiety, your dentist is able to access the area much easier and get more of the treatment completed per visit, often making lengthy procedures significantly shorter. Certain procedures, such as wisdom teeth extractions, would be potentially uncomfortable even for patients without a dental phobia. This is where sedation dentistry can assist both the doctor and the patient to have a better experience.
Despite past negative dental experiences or connotations, we will do everything we can to make your appointments as comfortable as possible. Sedation dentistry may be a good option to consider if you relate to the following conditions:
- Extreme fear of dental work
- Prior difficult dental experiences
- Require extensive dental work
- Strong gag reflex
- Special needs making it difficult to sit still
- Challenging time schedules that require large amounts of treatment to be completed in a short time frame
- Difficulty being frozen using local anaesthetic
Some of the procedures that commonly incorporate sedation include:
- Wisdom teeth extractions
- Gum surgeries
- Multiple restorations
- Full mouth reconstruction cases
Our doctors are equipped to deal with complex cases and have taken advanced training and precautions to ensure your safety. We will work with you to determine the appropriate level of sedation for your specific needs. The following sedation options are available: tablet or IV sedation. Tablet sedation is a medication taken orally prior to the procedure. IV Sedation is administered and monitored by a registered nurse intravenously and you will feel like you slept through the whole procedure.
We want you to be fully at ease and knowledgeable about the various options and invite you to come in for an initial consultation prior to your procedure to help you determine which type of sedation would work best for you. Some of the conditions we consider when selecting the best option for you include your age, weight, level of anxiety, length of the procedure and your overall health.
To ensure the safety of our patients, we require that an adult bring you to your appointment and stay to drive you home when oral sedation or IV sedation is administered. Patients might feel a little drowsy or groggy after the procedure and must have an adult accompany them to make sure they understand the after-care guidelines and arrive home safely.