Sedation Dentistry – The Smile Centre New Westminster, BC
There are many reasons why The Smile Centre offers our patients anesthesia for an upcoming dental procedure. Many people simply experience varying levels of anxiety while in the dentist’s office. If this applies to you, you might want to consider sedation dentistry. Please read on to understand more and see some of our frequently asked questions.
What type of Anesthesia will I be offered?
You will be offered conscious sedation- what many often refer to as, “twilight sleep”. You will be breathing on your own, and are typically able to respond to verbal commands. Meds are administered by the anesthesiologist through a small intravenous catheter. Intravenous sedation will allow you to achieve a much more relaxed and pain-free state than can be offered through oral sedatives alone.
The level of sedation will be continually monitored and adjusted according to your needs, the procedure being performed, and any pre-existing medical conditions you may have. The anesthesiologist will obtain a thorough medical history and answer all of your questions before the anesthetic begins.
Is Anesthesia for my dental procedure a safe alternative?
Each year, more and more procedures are being done under anesthesia outside the hospital and in physician offices. Advances in the science and technology of anesthesiology have made anesthetics very safe in appropriate candidates when administered by qualified anesthesiologists. Your anesthesiologist will continuously monitor your vital signs throughout the procedure, assuring your safety and comfort.
Where will my procedure take place?
Your procedure will be right here in our state-of-the-art office. Conveniently located near Save On Foods and Royal Columbian Hospital our office can offer you everything you’ll need in one location.
What happens after the procedure?
You will be monitored in a separate recovery area following your dental procedure. During this time, a dedicated staff member will monitor your recovery from anesthesia, including your vital signs (heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation). Once you are considered stable, you will be discharged from the office, typically within 30-60 minutes after completion of the procedure.
Are there any special instructions if I choose to have anesthesia for my procedure?
If your dentist agrees that anesthesia is an appropriate option for you, you will be scheduled for your procedure on a day dedicated to sedation dentistry procedures. You will be instructed not to eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your procedure, and will need to have a responsible adult with you when you leave, to ensure your safe passage home.