Sedation techniques are very helpful in situations where the patient is uncomfortable with dental visits. Whether it is a mild aversion or a veritable phobia, there are different sedation approaches that can accommodate the individual needs. Another instance in which sedation is extremely helpful is during longer procedures. Our patients have taken advantage of our sedation services when they are about to undergo extensive work. This minimizes any discomfort that would normally come about with a lengthy or intrusive procedure.

There are four approaches that we can take with sedation: general anaesthesia, IV sedation, oral conscious sedation and nitrous.


Often referred to as sleep dentistry, this is the strongest form of sedation that we offer. The sedative is administered intravenously and the patient will “sleep” through the entire appointment. Patients that choose this form of sedation will need to arrange for transportation to and from the appointment since the sedative will stay within the system for some time after the appointment.


Like general anesthesia, the sedative in IV Conscious Sedation appointments is administered intravenously. Unlike general anaesthesia, the patient remains conscious throughout the appointment. The sedative simply makes the patient more relaxed and comfortable. It is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during these appointments due to the state of relaxedness that they are in. As with general anaesthesia, patients that have an IV Conscious Sedation appointment scheduled need to arrange for transportation to and from the appointment since the sedative will remain in the system for up to 24 hours.


Patients that opt for this method of sedation will be prescribed a sedative that is to be ingested orally prior to the appointment. The sedative medication makes patients feel relaxed and comfortable throughout their entire appointment. They remain conscious and can communicate directly with the dentist and team to communicate their level of comfort.


Nitrous Oxide, better known as laughing gas, is administered through a mask that controls the levels. It creates a euphoric state that has the tendency to make people feel giddy or laugh. In addition to creating that feeling of euphoria, it has the added benefit of subduing people’s sensitivity to pain. It is a wonderful technique that works for many patients with mild apprehension when it comes to their dental appointments. In a few instances, the nitrous oxide does not achieve the desired effect and an alternate method is explored. Unlike the heavier forms of sedation, it is generally okay to drive yourself after your appointment when nitrous oxide is used.