It is our top priority to make sure our patients feel as comfortable as possible. We understand that, for many people, the idea of having dental treatment make them very anxious. With this in mind, our dentistry offers sedation options to help patients with dental phobia ease their fears and appreciate a more relaxed treatment.
Our sedation options include:
Oral conscious sedation involves the taking of a small pill about an hour before your dental procedure. Once your treatment begins, you should be in a deep state of relaxation. The pill should not cause you to fall totally asleep. In fact, you should be alert enough to communicate with our dental team at all times; however, the pill should make you feel so relaxed that you do not experience pain or discomfort during the procedure. Please note that the effects of this sedation method will not completely wear off until several hours after your treatment, so you will need to arrange for someone to bring you to and from our office on the day of your procedure.
Nitrous oxide or more commonly known as laughing gas has long been used as an effective anxiety agent. Combined with oxygen gas, nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask before and during the procedure to keep you relaxed and calm. Nitrous oxide doesn’t induce sleep, just deep relaxation. Once the mask is removed, the effects of the gas will quickly wear off.
Night Guards and Sports Guards
Whether you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching) or if you simply want to protect your teeth while engaging in a sport or exercise, customized mouth guards from our practice can help you meet your needs. Night guards can offer a range of benefits while you sleep. This oral appliance is custom-designed to provide you with a comfortable cushion between the upper and lower rows of teeth, helping to prevent grinding at night. Night guards minimize the risk of damage and wear-and-tear on the teeth.
If you are looking for a solution to protecting your smile from a sudden impact, a custom fitted sports guard would be a great option as it offers an effective barrier. We’ll take impressions of your teeth, and have your sports guard ready within days. A variety of colours are available.