Frequently Asked Questions about Sedation Dentistry
By now, you’ve probably heard that most people go under a form of sedation for procedures like tooth extraction or other surgeries. But did you know that you can use other types of sedation dentistry for less severe procedures? Appletree Dental for Kids offers a wide range of sedation and sleep dentistry options for those who are particularly nervous about visiting us. While we do everything in our power to make your child’s visit as comfortable as possible, we also provide these safe and effective options. Learn more about sedation dentistry in our Newmarket, North York, Stoney Creek, and Don Mills, ON offices. When you’re ready, contact one of our offices to schedule an appointment for your child.
Who is it for?
Previously, dentists only used sedation techniques for patients requiring in-depth surgery. Today, we can use small doses of anesthesia for simple cleanings, making everyone a candidate.
Is it safe?
It is completely safe. Our staff has medical practice licenses and years of experience dealing with sedation. Plus, the techniques we use have been proven to be safe for everyone.
What’s the difference between sleep dentistry and sedation dentistry?
During sleep dentistry, the patient is completely unconscious. Sedation dentistry uses topical anesthesia and laughing gas to make the patient more relaxed without feeling pain.
How much does it cost?
Some insurance providers may not cover sedation dentistry. You will have to check with your provider for more information.
What can I expect?
Patients who elect to receive sedation have a few different options. Most choose nitrous oxide, which is a colourless, odourless gas. We administer it through a mask while we conduct our work. You will feel slightly light-headed and feel at-ease with dental procedures. Other types include IV sedation and oral sedation, taken by mouth ahead of the procedure.
Are there any side effects?
Patients may be slightly loopy for a bit after coming off sedation. It all depends on the type of procedure and the amount of medication used.
How old does my child have to be?
Nitrous oxide sedation is safe for all ages. Other forms require your child to be a bit older. However, we handle every procedure on a case-by-case basis. Your dentist will discuss with you your child’s options.
How long does it take?
Sedation dentistry simply adds on a level of comfort and security to an existing procedure. It does not take much longer than the regularly scheduled process.