Patients who have anxiety and gag reflexes may choose to opt for sedation during their dental appointments. We are proud to be able to offer both oral sedation and IV sedation. The feeling of relaxation will calm patients’ nerves while their awareness of the environment will be subdued. The effects of IV sedation are quick and post-appointment, patients usually do not remember what happened during the appointment.
What To Do Before a Sedation Appointment
If you are scheduled for a sedation appointment, you will be given a list of instructions to follow that will help make your appointment as easy as possible. Depending on the type of sedation you will be receiving, you may be instructed to fast for a certain amount of time prior to your appointment. Loose clothing should be worn the day of the appointment so that one can feel absolutely comfortable while in the chair. You will also need to ensure that you have a responsible companion able to drive you home after your appointment. Further instructions may be given by Dr. Seddon depending on your personal needs.
If you are taking any medications or vitamins, please notify Dr. Seddon or one of the CDA’s. This information is vital in order to help us ensure your comfort at all times. Dr. Seddon may consult with your family physician regarding any medicine that you might be taking.
IV Sedation – Whether you are having an implant placed or you are simply a nervous patient, intravenous (IV) sedation dentistry makes your visit to our office a completely comfortable experience. Dr. Seddon have received extensive training from dentists all over North America and has brought his training into his office to benefit his patients. Many previous patients who have received sedation from Dr. Seddon for their treatment agree that sedation is a wonderful option for.
Oral Sedation – Oral sedation
PREPARING FOR YOUR SEDATION DENTISTRY APPOINTMENT:
Ensure that you pick up any prescribed medication two days prior to your sedation appointment so that you can take it as instructed. The night before, eat a healthy meal and avoid having any alcohol. Get a good night’s sleep. If you are having IV sedation please, AVOID HAVING ANYTHING TO EAT FOR 8 HOURS. Clear liquids can be consumed up to 6 hours prior. If you are having ORAL sedation, you may have a healthy breakfast, but avoid anything with caffeine or grapefruit juice as these will react with the oral sedation medication. Make sure that you wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing to your appointment. Finally, as you will not be able to drive yourself home, be sure that you have arranged to have a responsible adult take you home from our office.
DO I REALLY NEED SOMEONE TO PICK ME UP? CAN’T I JUST TAKE A CAB?
It is very important that you arrange to have a responsible adult take you home after your appointment as the sedative will take some time to clear your system. You will not be able to drive yourself home and should not drive at all for the rest of that day. We need to know for certain that you are going to make it all the way home safely, so taking a cab is not an option.
HOW LONG BEFORE THE SEDATIVE WEARS OFF?
This can actually vary greatly depending on the patient and depending on the procedure. The sedative can begin to wear off within the first hour, but it is still important that any patient who undergoes sedation take the rest of the day off and get plenty of rest.
WHAT TREATMENTS CAN I BE SEDATED FOR?
Sedation is an option for every treatment that we offer. Dr. Seddon, and Dr. Dhillon and their team are happy to be able to accommodate the needs of every one of their patients.
IS SEDATION DENTISTRY SAFE?
Yes. Dr. Seddon, Dr. Dhillon and their staff have a great deal of training and experience in this field and they attend continuing education courses to continually refine their technique. The sedatives they use have all been thoroughly tested and approved for use in dentistry as well.