October 8, 2012
Are you in desperate need of dental care, but too afraid to go to the dentist? Are you facing extensive treatment which you cannot fathom without being “out”? You are not alone. For our patients who need that extra help to relax, we offer both inhalation and oral sedation.
How it works
First, we always review your medical history to determine if you are a suitable candidate. Then depending on what level of sedation you require, we offer either Nitrous (laughing gas) sedation or Oral (valium like drugs) sedation.
Nitrous Sedation– Nitrous Oxide or “Laughing Gas” is one of the safest forms of sedation available and can take the anxiety out of most routine dental procedures and cleanings. Non-allergenic and non-irritating, most patients feel the onset effects within minutes and these effects are completely reversed within about 5 minutes of gas termination. At the end of the procedure, you can safely drive home or go to work.
Almost anyone can have nitrous oxide treatment. We can vary the depth of sedation depending on your level of anxiety. Most importantly, you will feel relaxed as we care for you. The laughing gas is administered through a simple rubber hood that rests on your nose providing a feeling of numbness, security, and warmth. At or near the end of your treatment, we will provide you with 100% oxygen so you will feel completely normal within 5-10 minutes. At that point, you are ready to leave the office independently.
Oral Sedation- If cleared by your MD, you are given a pill to take one hour prior to your dental appointment. You will need a companion to drive you to and from the dental office. The pill works quickly to create a relaxed state so you will be drowsy when you arrive. During treatment, your vital signs will be monitored while you are in a sleep-like state. You will be able to respond to any given commands or questions, but will not likely recall events while the drug is in effect. This is ideal for the dental phobic patient.
Beyond creating an optimal environment for you, sedation dentistry allows us to complete multiple treatments in one appointment. You can relax while we improve your smile.”
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October 1, 2012
Dr. Shem-Tov remembers coming to North York Dental as a boy and being greeted by Leone’s warm smile and infectious optimism. Today she is still greeting long-time patients and brings her small town Alberta charm to new and old patients alike. Along with front-desk duties, she is responsible for any estimates that are sent to insurance companies and explaining complicated treatments to patients. She can be found, at local music venues, encouraging her husband who plays drums in his classic rock band, ‘The Whitehouse’.
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Lilin is a doctor who moved to Canada some years ago. She decided to stay in healthcare and bring her knowledge and dedication to her new career as a hygienist. Lilin has recently completed a restorative dental hygiene course (RRDH). RRDH is an intensive one-year program offered only at two colleges in Ontario with limited seating. There are approximately 400 expanded duty dental hygienists in Canada! In this program, attention is given to technique in placement of white fillings, achieving a proper bite, and accurate anatomy of fillings. She can also take impressions of all kinds, including crowns. This is all in addition to her light touch and excellent level of care for your gums. We are lucky to have Lilin on our team!
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Dr. Shem-Tov was a patient at North York Dental since he was a young boy and was inspired by his childhood dentist, Dr. Tom McKean (past President of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario), to pursue a career in dentistry.
As an undergraduate, Dr. Shem-Tov studied
neuroscience at the University of Toronto. In 1988,
he entered the Schulich School of Medicine and
Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario and
received his DDS. He then returned home to North
York and became the dentist at his boyhood practice.
Dr. Shem-Tov is currently a clinical instructor at the
Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto.
He has volunteered his dental skills in his travels
to Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Central America.
Dr. Shem-Tov lives in the Annex and is a passionate
cyclist, avid skier and horrible golfer. He is more than
happy to swap recipes and stories about his two
children, Levi and Zoe.
North York Dental has been providing dental services for nearly 30 years. As a former patient, Dr. Shem-Tov knows that many people are looking for a dental professional who can stop their pain, help them maintain their dental health,
and advise them when they want to improve their smile. That’s why he’s selected
the following professionals to work with him.
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