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We are a “go-to” Waterloo dental office for people seeking dental sedation services. Many patients seek us out due to our reputation as being able provide complete dental care while you are in a more relaxed state. Ask us about how we can help you through your dental visits!

Is dental anaesthesia only for anxious patients?

No. Many patients enjoy the comfort of completing long or complex procedures in a relaxed environment. Some patients with medical problems, such as high blood pressure or heart disease, have anaesthesia to provide added safety. Physically or mentally-challenged patients can have their dental care completed more comfortably. Also, patients who have TMJ problems, limited mouth opening, or who have severe gagging problems have easier dental visits.

What type of anaesthesia is used?

All forms are available, from mild sedation to light sleep. The type employed for each patient depends on the patient’s needs and desires, the amount and nature of the dental care needed, and the medical history of the patient.

How is the medication administered?

Depending on your level of sedation, it may include medicines taken orally, gases you breathe through your nose (“laughing gas”), and medication injected intravenously (through a vein in one’s arm).

How will I be monitored?

Along with Dr. Suljak, a Registered Nurse and Dental Assistant will be present in a modified dental operatory. Monitors may include an electrocardiogram (to follow the heart rhythm), pulse oximeter (to measure blood oxygen levels) and blood pressure is taken routinely. Our facility is routinely inspected and approved by the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario for providing all forms of sedation and general anaesthesia.

How will I feel after the anaesthesia?

Depending on the level of sedation, you may be able to return to your activities immediately or, more likely, we may instruct you to go home where you will likely sleep the rest of the day. In the latter case, most patients resume normal activity the next day. A responsible adult may have to accompany you home on the day of your appointment.