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Feel calm and comfortable during procedures at Markham Eglinton Dental Centre

Sweaty palms, racing heartbeat, nervous stomach – all at the idea of undergoing a dental procedure. Does this sound like you? Well, at Markham Eglinton Dental Centre, we offer options that could help put you at ease.

Oral Sedation / Sleep Dentistry in Scarborough

Some people have extreme anxiety about dental procedures – but we don’t take it personally. We just make it our job to help those patients relax so we can work on their teeth while they’re feeling comfortable. Two popular calming options are Oral Sedation and Sleep Dentistry.

Oral Sedation is when a patient receives medication to relieve their anxiety and minimize any discomfort during a dental visit. The sedative medication is administered orally or by intravenous (or both), and you enter a state of dreamy sleepiness. You may remain awake, but do not care what is happening around you – and you do not remember anything after the procedure is over.

Another option we offer is Sedation, or Sleep, Dentistry. For a Scarborough sedation dentistry procedure, we bring in an anesthesiologist, and they administer medication that helps you to fall asleep. You remain asleep during the entire procedure, and wake up when it’s over.

Almost anyone -- adult, teen or child -- is a candidate for Oral Sedation or Sleep Dentistry. These options are particularly useful for people with a fear of dental visits, or people with a history of anxiety/panicking, but it's also preferred by people who would simply rather not be "aware" during a procedure.

Patients are allowed to go home following the procedure, but cannot drive for the rest of the day -- and must be accompanied by a responsible adult. The medication wears off very quickly, but could leave you feeling unsteady for the first few hours.

For more information on sedation dentistry in Scarborough, contact Markham Eglinton Dental Centre today.

FAQs -- Click to reveal the answers to oral sedation questions

Q: What do I need to know before getting Sleep Dentistry/Oral Sedation?

A: You are not allowed to eat or drink for 12 hours prior to your procedure. You will need to wear short sleeves, and you need to arrange for a drive home from the procedure.

Q: What happens during Oral Sedation?

A: You'll be given an oral sedative just before the procedure to relax you. We'll take your vital signs – you may also receive "freezing," depending on the procedure. You'll enter a dreamy, euphoric state, and may or may not fall asleep. Your mouth and jaw muscles will be relaxed while we work on your teeth, and you won't realize -- or won't care -- what is being done. A nurse will monitor you carefully the entire time, ensuring your total comfort.

Q: What happens after I wake up?

A: You may feel a bit unsteady on your feet, but the medication wears off fairly quickly. You must be accompanied home by a responsible adult, and you cannot drive for the rest of the day. Once you're at home, you should rest quietly, but you can eat normally (providing you don't have dietary restrictions because of your procedure).

Q: How do children respond to Oral Sedation?

A: Sleep Dentistry is a great solution for children who are anxious or fearful of dental procedures, or for children who simply could not remain still and calm during a procedure. Younger children may receive oral sedation only, or oral sedation with nitrous oxide, but these options will be discussed with parents in the initial consultation. After the procedure, children should be closely monitored, because they will feel unsteady and could be at risk for falling and injuring themselves.

Q: Does my dental insurance cover Oral Sedation and Sleep Dentistry?

A: It depends on your coverage, but most dental plans cover sedation when administered with oral surgery. We would be happy to help you understand your available coverage, so please ask us at your next appointment.