Sometimes people have a phobia of the dentist, or experience anxiety during dental procedures. If you have a hard time getting through a dental procedure because of fear of anxiety, you can relax — Jackson Square Dental Centre offers something that could help put you at ease.
Sleep Dentistry, or Sedation Dentistry, is when we give you medication to relieve your anxiety and minimize any discomfort during a dental visit. We administer sedative medication orally or by intravenous (or both), and you enter a state of dreamy sleepiness.
If you remain awake, you do not care what is happening around you – and you do not remember anything after the procedure is over. Or you may sleep peacefully through the entire procedure, and wake up when it’s over. Our Hamilton sleep dentistry will allow you to get a lot of dental work done in just one visit.
Almost any adult, teenager or child is a candidate for sleep dentistry. Different methods are available to different age groups though. We offer Oral Sedation for adults. Oral sedation consists of taking a pill prior to your visit that will relax you and calm your nerves. Also, for children and adults, we can use Nitrous Oxide. Sometimes called "Laughing Gas", this is a gas that is inhaled through a mask, putting you in a euphoric, dreamlike state, where you will be aware of everything but completely relaxed. It’s particularly useful for people with a fear of dental visits, people with a history of anxiety/panicking, or special needs patients. But it's also preferred by people who would simply rather not be "aware" during a procedure.
You are allowed to go home following the procedure, but cannot drive for 18-24 hours — and must be accompanied by a responsible adult(s). The medication wears off very quickly, but could leave you feeling unsteady for the first few hours.
For more information about sleep dentistry in Hamilton, contact Jackson Square Dental Centre today.