Sedation Dentistry in Toronto, Ontario

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is useful in reducing the very tangible and frequently incapacitating levels of anxiety in regards to the fear of dental work, or dental phobia. Patients who feel stress and anxiety in the face of dental work, as well as people who may require several dental procedures be completed within one, single, visit may profit from conscious sedation during their visit to the dental chair.

Once prescribed, you will take a sedative, orally, prior to your visit. Once you are on site, in the dentist’s chair, the dentist will often supplement the oral sedative with nitrous oxide (laughing gas.). While under, your vital signs and comfort level will be keenly examined throughout your treatment.

Laughing gas and how it works

Generally referred to as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is used during surgeries and dental procedures for its pain blocking and anxiety-reducing effects. It is known as "laughing gas" due to the enchanting effects it delivers, when inhaling it. Laughing gas is especially useful for increasing your comfort level, while it relieves anxiety in patients of all ages.

A gas mask, which has been sanitized, is placed over your face to administer the nitrous oxide. Your dentist will carefully check the amount of gas given to ensure your complete safety and comfort. Within a short time, all your anxieties will quickly melt away. Any discomfort or pain will also diminish allowing the dentist to safely carry out your procedure. Another benefit of nitrous oxide is that the sedative effects quickly go away once the face mask is taken off. As a result, you’ll likely be able to resume your daily activities as planned.

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