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Sedation Dentistry makes Your Visit to the Dentist Easy

April 26, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — northyork_team @ 8:46 pm

Visiting the dentist can be a stressful or scary experience for many. As a result, some people have missed regular visits, while their dental health suffers. Others may have shied away from seeking out cosmetic dentistry for problems they want to fix, because of fear or anxiety associated with dentists.

The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) defines oral health to be “a state of the oral and related tissues and structures that contribute positively to physical, mental and social well-being and the enjoyment of life’s possibilities, by allowing the individual to speak, eat and socialize unhindered by pain, discomfort or embarrassment.” Is fear or anxiety of the dentist keeping you from maintaining proper oral health? If so, Dr. Shem-Tov and the professionals at North York Dental can help with their various options for sedation, to fit the needs of their patients. Patients can choose from either oral sedation or nitrous sedation.

Perfect for the dental phobic patient, oral sedation entails taking medication that is prescribed to the patient to relieve and reduce anxiety. The patient simply takes the medication immediately before coming in for the dental appointment. If patients choose this option, someone will need to drive the patient to the dental office. During the procedure, vital signs will be monitored as the patient relaxes in a sleep-like state. For some, nitrous oxide can cause nausea or dizziness. For some, the feeling is simply uncomfortable. Oral sedation is a great option for patients who have these worries.

Nitrous oxide (N2O) is a gas that is fed through a tube to which a nasal hood is attached and placed on the nose. After the air is fed through the tube, simply breathe normally. Nitrous Oxide has no color or smell. After about five minutes of breathing in the gas, a calming feeling will spread throughout the body.

According to Dental Fear Central (www.dentalfearcentral.org), there are many advantages to nitrous oxide sedation. Nitrous sedation works incredibly quickly, reaching the brain in as little as 20 seconds. After just 2-3 minutes, the relaxation and pain numbing effects begin to kick in. The depth of sedation can also be altered, so there is no fear of “overdosing.” No injection is required and patients can drive themselves to and from the office.

Either option can be administered to patients to make their visit one that is stress-free and enjoyable. DO not let anxiety or fear keep you from achieving your optimal oral health. 

Diagnodent: Pain Free Prevention for Your Next Toronto Dentist Appointment

April 17, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — tntadmin @ 4:30 pm

How does your Toronto dentist find a cavity? If you experience pain, you may go in and ask in regards to a specific tooth. If you are in for a general annual check-up, your dentist may be able to visually spot those dark and decaying areas on the teeth.  But how does your dentist know the size of the cavity?


Hidden decay within the teeth is the root of all cavities but the professionals at North York Dental offer an innovative and pain free way to detect those hidden areas before the cavity decays the structure of the teeth, from the inside out.


X-rays and probing to explore the surface of the teeth are traditional ways that dentists detect cavities or decaying areas. However, these techniques are limited and insufficient, especially when the cavity may be in its early stages. Diagnodent is an option that addresses these limitations of traditional techniques. Diagnodent uses laser assisted technology to detect cavities’ existence and size. The hand held device scans teeth with laser light searching for any problems on and in the teeth: no matter how small. The device then signals an audible sound to alert your dentist to the problem area.


The major advantage of this early detection system is prevention. Dentists in Toronto using this technology are now able to detect cavities, or potential cavities, in young children, preventing serious cavities that require painful fillings.