Sedation Information

Nitrous Oxide Sedation is available in our office.

Nitrous Oxide and how does it work?

Commonly referred to as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is used in surgery and dentistry for its pain blocking and reducing effects. It is known as "laughing gas" due to the euphoric effects of inhaling it.  The administration of nitrous oxide is used to enhance patient comfort and relieve anxiety for patients of all ages.  The gas (a nitrous oxide and oxygen mixture) is inhaled through a face mask.  The amount of gas that you receive is monitored and controlled by the dentist to ensure your safety. You will begin to relax  so the dentist can perform your dental work while you stay completely comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide decrease after the patient is administered oxygen for a period of time, such that if the gas is the only anaesthesia that you receive, you will very likely be capable of driving yourself home following the visit and can continue your daily activities as normal.

  
General Anaesthesia in a Clinic Setting Information:

Commonly called sleep dentistry, general anaesthesia renders a patient unconscious during dental procedures. General Anaesthesia is provided in a clinic setting by a medical doctor who is specialized in Anaesthesia along with a compliment of suppporting medical staff.   For patients with intense dental fear or those who need major dental procedures, or those who are medically compromised, a general anaesthesia presents an option that maybe considered by the patients medical practitioner and dental healthcare provider.This is available in our community or as a referral to a facility in London.

For Paediatric patients that require general anaestheisa or IV sedation, Dr Soden will make the necessary referral to the appropriate paediatric specialist. Dr. Soden refers to our nearest Paediatric Dental Specialist in London Ontario who are able to provide this for children under 18 years of age.

For adult patients requiring general anaesthesia or IV sedation, Dr Soden will make the necessary referral so the appropriate specialist. This may also be a referral in our community or in London Ontario. It is also possible that Dr. Soden can provide the dental treatment for you in conjuction with a local facility which will provide general anaesthesia or IV sedation.