Dentistry Asleep in Milton

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Looking For A Dentist That Puts You Under?

While most people can receive most dental treatment with local freezing only, there are exceptions, and our team of sedation dentists in Milton here at White Canvas Dentistry will make your comfort a priority. If you want or need extra dental sedation for some or all your treatment, let’s discuss your options.

Whether it is due to anxiety in the dental office, or if you’re just feeling nervous about a wisdom tooth extraction or a dental implant placement, it’s important to us that you get the care you need in a timely fashion. Timely care reduces risk, total treatment time and cost. So instead of delaying your dental treatment, talk to us about the dental sedation option that will empower you to get the care you need.

Who Can Have Dental Sedation?

Some dental sedation options are suitable for children as young as two years old, in good health.

All dental sedation is suitable for adults in good health.

For those with medical conditions, sedation can be administered with a few extra checks with your family physician, or with an anesthetist present. With medical conditions reviewed, most people can safely receive dental sedation, including but not limited to those who:

  • Are fearful of needles or shots
  • Have had a traumatic dental experience in the past
  • Have too high a tolerance for local anesthetic for it to be effective for certain dental treatment
  • Have a gag reflex that prevents them from receiving required dental care
  • Have complex dental needs and would benefit from general anesthesia for dental treatment

No referral is required.  Our sedation dentists accept direct consultations and will review all your options with you. Call White Canvas Dentistry now at (905) 875-3990

Dental Sedation Options In Our Milton Clinic

When you come in for your dental consultation, we’ll discuss your treatment options and appropriate sedation levels. We offer the following dental sedation options.

Laughing Gas

Without getting too technical, laughing gas works via multiple mechanisms. It can have the following effects:
Anxiolytic or Anti-Anxiety Effect – Nitrous oxide increases activity of GABA receptors, the body’s principal inhibitory neurotransmitter.
Analgesic or Painkiller Effect – Nitrous oxide laughing gas reduces the perception of pain by causing the release of endogenous opioids in the body.
Euphoria Effect – Laughing gas creates a euphoric feeling via the release of dopamine in the brain.

Nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” is a great option for dental sedation. It is calming. It is easy to administer – you just breath it in through a small mask. It smells and tastes slightly sweet. It is easy to reverse once treatment is complete by simply turning off the gas. Since the human body cannot absorb much nitrous oxide, once the mask is removed, the effects of laughing gas quickly wear off. Patients can walk or drive home without supervision, and do not require any post sedation monitoring.

IV Conscious Sedation

Intravenous (IV) sedation has a stronger sedation effect than laughing gas.

It is suitable for teenagers and adults.

IV sedation is also known as monitored anesthesia car (MAC) or “twilight sleep”. There are different sedation agents that can be used, but in general, this sedation is delivered through a vein, and the dentist is able to monitor the level of sedation throughout treatment.

The level of sedation can be just enough to cause drowsiness, or enough so that the procedure is not remembered after the fact. The level of sedation used is dependent on the treatment being performed. IV sedation may be combined with regional or local anesthesia.

Your sedation dentist will explain the best course of treatment for you based on your medical and dental health, and the nature of your treatment. Call White Canvas Dentistry now at (905) 875-3990

Dentistry Asleep

General anesthesia is when you are “put under” by an anesthetist working with a dentist. Rarely, a dentist holds dual certification in anesthesia and dentistry, however, sleep dentistry is usually performed by a team which includes:

  • the dentist
  • the dental assistant
  • the anesthetist
  • the anesthetic nurse

This level of sedation is reserved for greater need.

Medical clearance is required. In addition, patients who receive general anesthesia for dental treatment will need to be released to a caregiver who will drive them home and stay with and monitor them for a period of 24 hours after sedation.

Ask your dentist about the right level of dental sedation for you.

Is Dental Sedation Covered By Insurance in Ontario?

Every dental insurance plan is different.  There are over 65,000 plans in Ontario alone. Some insurance plans cover a portion of dental sedation and others deem it unnecessary. We will provide you with a complete dental treatment plan estimate, and a sedation estimate, and will submit everything to your insurance provider for a predetermination of coverage of dental sedation costs. If you wish to have sedation despite insurance coverage, ask us about financing and payment plan options.

Schedule Your Sleep Dentistry Consultation

Our goal is to help you get the dental care you need.

We will meet with you, answer all your questions and help you feel comfortable with your treatment plan. We’ll explain sedation options, payment options and help you move forward with your dental care. Book your personal consultation at White Canvas Dentistry today.

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