Anaesthesia refers to ‘insensitivity to pain’. Some patients can become very anxious at the prospect of a dental procedure. Sedative medications can help a patient to relax and provide them some comfort while undergoing treatment. At Niagara Dental Centre, the choice of which anaesthetic to use will depend on a variety of factors ranging from, the specific needs of the patient as well as the procedure. Your dentist will determine what mode is right for you.
At Niagara Dental Centre, we offer a variety of sedation modalities directly in our office, including:
Nitrous Oxide sedation
Nitrous Oxide is a non-irritating, colorless, and sweet smelling gas that has been used as a safe and effective primary form of sedation in dentistry for years. During the sedation period, the patient is fully able to breathe on their own and retain all bodily function, remaining in control of their movements. It will calm the patient, who may fall asleep, or even experience mild amnesia in the process, allowing the dental treatment to be carried out while minimizing anxiety. Nitrous oxide may be used for practically any and all dental procedures where the patient experiences high levels of anxiety.
There are many advantages of using Nitrous Oxide for sedation in dentistry, such as:
- The sedation is versatile, allowing it to be increased or decreased at any time during the appointment
- There are no after-effects, or post-operative side effects
- It is safe on your heart and lungs
- Effective in minimizing gagging
- It is very fast acting. Within less than a minute after the onset of administration, the patient is feeling relaxed, and less pain until the gas is turned off
Nitrous oxide should be avoided in patients who have:
- COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Chest pains
- Difficulty breathing
Deep Sedation/Intravenous sedation
With this type of anaesthesia, anaesthetic and sedative medications are administered intravenously. At Niagara Dental Centre, we have an anaesthesiologist who works right in our office. He will choose the accurate dosage of medication to ensure you are as comfortable and relaxed as possible for the procedure. You will be monitored over the entire length of the appointment right in the dental chair. His team of nurses will then keep you comfortable in our recovery room, until you wake up. Your dental procedure will be complete, and you will not have had to suffer through any pain or anxiety in the process.