Sedation Services - Dentist on Upper James St., Hamilton, ON

Oral Conscious Sedation Pill - Dentist in Hamilton

In order to alleviate the very real and often debilitating anxiety associated with dental phobia, we also offer oral conscious sedation, known as sedation dentistry. Patients who feel stressed in the face of dental work, as well as those requiring multiple procedures within a single visit, can benefit from conscious sedation.

The procedure involves taking an oral sedative prior to your visit, then receiving nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to supplement the sedative's effects. Your vital signs and comfort level are closely monitored throughout your appointment.

Nitrous oxide and how does it work? - Hamilton Dentist | Laughing Gas

Commonly referred to as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is used in surgery and dentistry for its pain blocking and reducing effects. It is known as "laughing gas" due to the euphoric effects of inhaling it.  The administration of nitrous oxide is used to enhance patient comfort and relieve anxiety for patients of all ages.  The gas (a nitrous oxide and oxygen mixture) is inhaled through a face mask.  The amount of gas that you receive is monitored and controlled by the dentist to ensure your safety. You will begin to relax and will not recognize pain, so the dentist can perform your dental work while you stay completely comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide decrease once the mask is removed, such that if the gas is the only anesthesia that you receive, you will very likely be capable of driving yourself home following the visit and can continue your daily activities as normal.

IV Conscious Sedation - Hamilton Dentistry

This type of sedation induces an altered state of consciousness, also known as a “twilight” state, in which the mind and body become relaxed. This particular form of sedation minimizes pain and discomfort through the use of pain relievers and sedatives. Patients who receive conscious sedation are usually able to speak and respond to verbal cues throughout their procedures, as well as being able to communicate any discomfort they experience to the dentist.  While under the effects of IV conscious sedation, the dentist can perform your dental work more accurately as you will remain comfortable, and will not be as agitated. A brief period of amnesia may erase any memories of the procedure.  After your procedure(s), you will likely require a ride home from the dental office. The following day, the sedative will clear out from the body, allowing you to resume your daily activities.

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