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What is Sedation and Sleep  Dentistry?

It is very common for patients to have anxiety and fear during dental services. We understand what makes patients anxious and scared, and take every measure to make your dental visit comforting and enjoyable. In our dental office in Hamilton, we are able to comfortably sedate our patients using safe, and highly effective sedation dentistry techniques to minimize fear and anxiety.

Our goal using sedation dentistry is to eliminate many of the fears associated with going to the dentist.

If you have a dental phobia or anxiety about dental care, contact our office today to schedule an appointment to receive proper treatment with sedation.


Who is candidate for sedation/Sleep dentistry?


  • Fear of Dentistry

  • High sensitivity to pain

  • High Anxiety

  • Long procedures that usually require multiple visits

  • Wisdom Teeth Extractions

  • Oral Surgery

  • Dental Implants

  • Deep Cleanings

  • Sensitivity to Gagging

What are the different types of dental sedation?

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

Nitrous-Oxide is most commonly used to decrease dental anxiety. Many of our patients use this for of sedation "to take the edge off." After using nitrous-oxide, patients are able to quickly return to their regular daily activities, as the nitrous wears off in about 5 minutes. This makes it very convenient for patients so they don't need to arrange to be picked up.


Oral Sedation

Oral sedatives such as Triazolam are slightly more potent than using nitrous-oxide. This makes them optimal for longer procedures. However, this also means that patients will not be able to drive themselves after their appointment. With this type of sedation, patients will most likely not remember their procedure.

IV Sedation (Twilight Sleep)

IV Sedation is most commonly used for surgical procedures like extractions, implants, or long restorative appointments. With this type of sedation, patients will not remember the procedure and have a great experience. It is also one of the safest sedation options for patients that want to be asleep during their procedure due to the fact that the patient retains his/her reflexes and is breathing on their own. Patients will need to arrange rides for their appointments.


General Anesthesia

This is the deepest form of sedation. In the dental setting, this type of sedation is reserved for larger surgical appointments and treatments that may last a whole day. This requires the presence of an anesthesiologist. Patients will not remember their procedure and will be required to have a member of their family or friend to drive them to and from their appointment.


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