Sedation Dentistry

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Sedation dentistry can help those who get stressed, anxious or have a fear of going to the dentist. This concern is much more common than you would think and shouldn’t stop you from taking care of your health. With some consideration, sedation dentistry could be the solution for you. There are many sedation options available today, created to make your visit to the dental clinic go smoothly and comfortably in a relaxing environment.

At Simcoe Family Dentistry in Barrie, we have qualified specialists trained in administering sedation professionally for the safety and peace of mind of our patients. We currently offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral sedation, or a combination of both. We are welcoming new clients from Barrie, Innisfil, Orillia, Muskoka and Collingwood.

Why Use Sedation In Dentistry?

Sedation is used frequently in common procedures such as extractions and oral surgery. We want our patients to feel relaxed and at ease during their visit to our dental clinic and realize fear of dentistry holds many people back from getting the dental work they require.

Using sedation in dentistry is a benefit to both the patient and the dentist. A calm patient allows the dentist the concentration and focus to do a good and accurate job. Meanwhile a patient that has a pleasant experience at the dentist is more likely to schedule regular check-ups and monitor their oral health in the future, making regular dental care a breeze!

Types of Sedation Used in Dentistry

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a safe and pain-free way to induce a feeling of calm and contentment. It is a sedative used commonly in dentistry for over one hundred years and can be administered safely to both adults and children. Once the procedure is complete, the patient is given oxygen to flush any remaining nitrous out of the system, leaving no lasting effects. In fact, you are safe to drive right after your procedure!

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is another common sedative used in dentistry. It is administered in a pill form which is taken orally under supervision of the prescribing dentist at the beginning of the dental procedure. The effects of this type of sedation include feelings of peace and serenity and a clouded memory of what just happened. This sedative is commonly used for complex, lengthy sessions but can be used for routine procedures as well. Oral sedation can also be used in combination with nitrous oxide to promote a deeper sense of sedation.

Intravenous Conscious Sedation

This method entails administering the sedative directly into the bloodstream for the duration of more complicated procedures. During intravenous conscious sedation you will be responsive to verbal commands and breathing normally but afterwards you will not have any memory of the event at all. We currently do not offer IV sedation at Simcoe Family Dentistry, however, you may be very pleasantly surprised at how well our other methods of sedation work.

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Barrie, ON L4M 5N6

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