Almost all patients who are in good general health are appropriate candidates for Sedation. Our team will ensure that you are in good hands at all times. Sedation options vary from mild to advanced depending on the extent of dental work that needs to be done and your individual needs.
Nitrous Oxide, otherwise known as "laughing gas," is inhaled through a mask that is placed over your nose and helps you relax. Your dentist can control the amount of sedation you receive, and the effects of the gas tend to wear off quickly. This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure safely.
Dr. Amato will administer the sedation and his nurse will monitor your blood pressure, pulse, oxygen saturation, and respiratory rates to ensure that you’re reacting normally throughout your procedure. While sedated, you’re able to respond to verbal commands but are so relaxed that it’s unlikely that you will experience pain, discomfort or anxiety. A local anesthetic is also used to ensure your comfort.
At Downtown Dental of Hamilton, we work with an Anaesthesiologist to administer General Anaesthesia. The Anaesthesiologist brings a nurse, administers the sedation and monitors the patient. Your Anesthesiologist is responsible for keeping you safe and comfortable during and after your operation. Under General Anesthesia, patients are completely unaware of the details of their dental procedure. Since patients are “under” when they have General Anaesthesia, this form of sedation is recommended for patients that require complex dental treatments or need to undergo a number of dental procedures.
General Anaesthetia for Children
General Anaesthesia is often used for children requiring extensive or more complicated procedures that will take a long time to complete, or when several procedures need to be completed at the same time. Our Anesthesiologist will monitor your child to allow them to sleep soundly during their procedure.