Frequently Asked Questions

Page Contents:

  1. What is sedation dentistry?
  2. Why do we recommend a pre-treatment consultation?
  3. What kind of dental services are available under IV Sedation?
  4. Can a crown be done in one visit?
  5. Will my insurance cover anaesthesia services?
  6. How will I feel after treatment?
  7. Is IV sedation safe?


What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry involves, prior to a dental procedure, injecting a sedative drug through a vein of a patient(in other words giving IV sedation) in order to make the patient instantly relaxed and sleepy while remaining conscious. For the patient's safety, a dentist and a registered nurse are present throughout the procedure to monitor vital signs. The majority of patients do not remember this dental treatment.

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Why do we recommend a pre-treatment consultation?

A pre-treatment consultation is recommended for the following reasons: The patient's medical history is reviewed to ensure that sedation is appropriate. A dental exam and, if necessary, x-rays are taken to ensure the best treatment plan. Pre-and post-treatment instructions are provided. Any dental questions and financial concerns are discussed with our team of trained professionals. The actual dental treatment appointment is then scheduled. For patients who are highly anxious, a pill is given prior to the appointment to calm them.

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What kind of dental services are available under IV Sedation?

We do general dentistry. Any dental treatment can be done under sedation, such as cleanings, fillings, root canals, cosmetic dentistry, gum surgery, extractions, etc. With the addition of IV sedation, dental care that normally requires several visits can be completed in one appointment.

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Can a crown be done in one visit?

Yes. With the introduction of Cerec 3 in our office, we can fabricate beautiful porcelain crowns chairside. When you walk out of the clinic, permanent crowns will be inserted in your mouth - no impression or temporary crowns needed, and no second local anaesthesia visits are needed. In some cases, we can extract your tooth and place a dental implant and permanent crown also in one visit.

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Will my insurance cover anaesthesia services?

It depends on individual dental insurance policy restrictions and yearly maximum benefits. However most dental insurance will cover anaesthesia services. Our staff will happy to assist you in finding whether this service is covered by your dental insurance. However, it is your duty as a patient to provide us with the necessary information of your insurance company. Each policy is individualized from patient to patient.

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How will I feel after treatment?

You must leave the office accompanied by a responsible adult usually within twenty minutes after the procedure has been completed. It is common to feel tired for a few hours following treatment. We recommend that you rest at home for rest of the day. Complications of any sort are unusual and minor, enabling you to return to work the next day. However, in case of extensive oral surgery, some short-term limitations may be recommended.

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Is IV sedation safe?

The use of sedation and anaesthesia in dentistry has a commendable record of safety. In Canada, a specific permit is required to administer intravenous sedation. The dentist must have advanced training to use IV sedation in their office. The staff is trained to handle emergency situations and the office is equipped with mandatory medications and supplies. The sedation we use in our office is conscious sedation, so it is very safe.

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