Your North York, Ontario dentist, Dr. Eli Shem-Tov, uses sedation options to relax anxious patients and to relieve discomfort. The medications are safe and fully monitored by Dr. Shem-Tov and his highly trained staff.
Why some patients get nervous
Sedation dentistry is not just about pain control, although that’s an important part of it. Sedation dentistry also helps anxious dental patients. Are you one of them? Then, your North York, Ontario family dentist can help you.
Some individuals get “butterflies” in their stomachs when they think about dental check-ups, cleanings and restorative procedures, such as fillings. Other individuals–both children and adults–get so upset at the thought of sitting in a dental chair that they get panic attacks–complete with racing heartbeats and sweaty palms.
With extreme dental phobia, people may postpone their dental appointments repeatedly or even stop getting preventive and restorative services altogether. The National Health Service in London, England estimates that 10 to 20 percent of dental patients stop going to the dentist, much to the detriment of their oral and systemic health.
What’s to be done?
Dr. Eli Shem-Tov encourages nervous patients to consult with him about sedation dentistry. A friendly visit with this North York, Ontario family dentist in his comfortable office allays many fears and gives patients the information they need to choose the sedation best suited to them.
Dr. Shem-Tov offers nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, and oral conscious sedation. Both help patients feel at ease so they can get the treatments they need. They also help people who have trouble sitting still in the dental chair, are claustrophobic, have strenuous gag reflexes, are special needs individuals, or need multiple and complicated procedures, such as full mouth reconstructions.
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is administered through a nasal mask. As the nickname implies, the gas, mixed with oxygen, relaxes patients so much that they feel happy and giggly. The dentist adjusts dosage up or down as needed. The effects wear off almost immediately, and patients drive themselves home from North York Dental.
Oral conscious sedation is essentially a tranquilizer in pill form. Valium, Halcion, Versed and Ativan are drugs commonly used by dentists to completely relax patients. The medication is taken ahead of the appointment time. It makes the individual drowsy sometimes to the point of dropping off asleep and staying so during the dental treatments. The patient still may respond to verbal commands and wakes up with a shake on the shoulder. A friend or loved one must drive the person home, and he may have no memory of his dental work afterwards.
Do you get nervous at the dental office?
You’d be surprised at how many patients Dr. Shem-Tov encounters who feel the same way. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. Please contact North York Dental for your personal sedation dentistry consultation. The dentist will review your health history and current medications and help you decide if sedation dentistry is right for you.