At Groupe Dentaire Sudbury Dental Group, we are mindful that some patients may experience anxiety when undergoing a dental procedure, no matter how minor. We aim to keep our patients as comfortable as possible during their appointment and offer a range of sedation options. Sedation is a form of dentistry known as sleep dentistry. Groupe Dentaire Sudbury Dental Group uses general anaesthesia for Sudbury patients who experience pain and/or anxiety during dental appointments. Fear from past trauma during a dental appointment, the associated sounds and sensations of dental procedures, or simply apprehension about the unknown can cause individuals who require dental intervention to avoid seeking treatment. By undergoing your procedure using anaesthesia, you get the benefit of oral health care without the discomfort.
General anaesthesia puts you into a deep sleep. You will be unable to feel pain or to move.
Your dentist may recommend general anaesthesia if you:
Cannot remain calm during the dental treatment even with the use of conscious sedation and other pain management techniques
Need oral surgery or other dental treatment that would be difficult to tolerate while awake, or you require work which will take a longer time
Have a disability that limits your ability to understand directions and be treated safely in the dental office
Allows you to become more relaxed and possibly drowsy, but you will still be able to respond.
Conscious sedation may be given in several ways, including:
Inhalation – As a gas
Orally – By swallowing medicine in the form of a syrup or a pill
Injection – Medicine using a needle
Intravenously – Medicine is administered through a vein
Nitrous oxide is commonly known as laughing gas and is a mild form of sedation to treat mild or moderate anxiety and nervousness. It helps you relax so you can safely receive treatment. While sedated using nitrous oxide, you will remain awake and be able to interact with your dentist and respond normally. The sedative effect wears off quickly once the gas is turned off but your dentist may administer oxygen for a few minutes after your treatment, as this helps flush your body of the remaining gas.
Nitrous oxide is given using a mask. If you are uncomfortable wearing the mask, please let your dentist know and we can discuss other methods of anaesthesia.
If you are someone who gets very anxious while at the dentist, nitrous oxide may not be suitable for you. We offer several anaesthesia options which may be taken orally and offer a more sedative effect to calm your nerves. With oral sedation, you may become sleepy, and may experience nausea or vomiting after using it.
Before & After Anaesthesia Care
Before you are given anaesthesia, your dentist will conduct a physical exam as well as a medical history to determine whether you have an underling medical condition which may present complications with the use of sedation dentistry. If you are deemed a good candidate, your dentist will provide you with instructions which you need to follow before and after your treatment.
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