Hamilton Sedation Dentistry
Our Patient’s Comfort Is Our Number One Priority
Many patients experience anxiety or fear when undergoing dental treatment, whether they are receiving a routine cleaning or a more involved procedure. If this is the case for you, sedation dentistry from our practice can help you to feel more relaxed and comfortable.
Dr. Bob Zariczniak and Dr. Vito Bommarito along with our skilled dental professionals offer a selection of effective calming methods, including oral medication and nitrous oxide to enhance your experience. During your appointment, we will customize a treatment plan that can best address your unique concerns based upon your medical history and general level of anxiety.
Candidates for Sedation Dentistry
Anxiety and fear are not the only symptoms that sedation dentistry can help to alleviate. If you experience any of the following concerns, you may be a candidate for this treatment:
- Previous traumatic dental experience
- High fear level
- Sensitive gag reflex
- Difficulty getting numb
- Complex dental condition
- Sensitive teeth
- Limited time to complete the procedure
Dental Sedation Options
Not all anxiety is the same, so we offer two of the most popular and effective sedation methods available. One or both of the following approaches may be recommended for your procedure, depending on the complexity of the treatment and your level of apprehension.
Also called laughing gas, nitrous oxide can help both children and adults feel calmer and more relaxed if they experience anxiety during dental treatment. If you feel nervous, we can offer this method to enhance your comfort.
When you receive the nitrous oxide and oxygen mix, a small mask will be placed over your nose, through which you will breathe deeply and regularly. While you remain alert and able to respond normally, the gas typically offers a mild soporific effect to help you feel calmer and more relaxed. The sensation will be temporary and will pass quickly once you discontinue use. After the completion of your procedure, our dental professionals will provide you with oxygen to fully clear your system of any remaining nitrous oxide.
If you experience a high level of anxiety during dental procedures, we may recommend oral sedation to help you feel more comfortable during treatment. We offer a selection of prescription medications that are designed to minimize your nervousness, and our dental professionals will determine the best option for you based on several factors, including your anxiety level, ability to cooperate during treatment, the complexity of the procedure to be performed, and your medical history.
Although you will feel sleepy after taking the medicine, typically you can be woken easily and follow simple requests. You will also be monitored throughout to make sure everything is running smoothly. Side effects are uncommon, but they may include nausea and vomiting. Before receiving oral sedation, we will provide instructions on how to prepare for treatment, including:
- Whether you may eat or drink before the procedure, and how long to wait if not
- What to expect during the procedure
- What signs to look for following treatment
If you receive oral sedation, you will require a ride home. After treatment, you will remain for a short period at the office so we may ensure the procedure was successful and observe you for any potential concerns. Our dental professionals will discuss all the details prior to your visit and answer any questions that you may have.