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General Anesthetic

& IV Sedation 

We’re your partner in dental health

A healthy smile starts at home, but you don’t have to go at it alone. At Dental Service Group, our general dental services are meant to support your daily hygiene habits.

Our approach to general dentistry starts with patient education. We’ll provide you with as much information as possible and answer even your trickiest questions. You’ll have the tools and knowledge to develop good at-home habits and feel confident making the best choices for your health.

During your twice-a-year checkups, we’ll be on the lookout for signs of decay and other common dental problems. We’ve got you covered with all the routine services you need to prevent and resolve tooth decay and maintain healthy, beautiful teeth all year long.

General Anesthetic

What is general anesthesia?


General anesthesia makes you unconscious and unaware of the operation, and is usually accomplished by medication injected into an intravenous (a small plastic tube inserted into a vein of the hand or arm). A tube is inserted into the throat while the patient is asleep to help him breathe. All important body functions are closely monitored, and the anesthetist remains with the patient for the entire operation.




What is the role of the anesthetist?


Your anesthetist is a fully trained doctor (MD) who has spent additional years receiving specialized training in anesthesia, and is responsible for the overall medical care of the patient during the time of their dental treatment. The anesthetist will make the patient unconscious and will carefully observe the vital signs such as blood pressure, pulse, and breathing throughout the procedure. A variety of sophisticated electronic monitoring devices may also be used. Under normal conditions your body has a mechanism that automatically prevents you from vomiting anything in your lungs. However, when you are unconscious during general anesthesia this mechanism might not function properly. Therefore, the patient must have an empty stomach before receiving any anesthetic in order to reduce the possibility of this happening. The patient cannot eat ANYTHING after midnight (the night before his appointment). When the procedure is completed, your anesthetist will reverse the anesthetic effect and take the patient to the recovery room. The recovery room nurse, under the supervision of the anesthetist, is trained to care for the patient while they return to consciousness. Their breathing, pulse, blood pressure and temperature will be checked. They will receive oxygen to breathe, and will be asked to cough and take deep breaths to help keep their lungs clear. Medication for pain will be given as necessary. Once your child is fully awake, you will be brought back to the recovery room.




Implants


In many cases dental implants are the best alternative for missing teeth. Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing. Dental implants are an integral part of out ability to restore aesthetics and function.




How will the patient feel after their anesthetic?


The patient might have a dry throat and some stiff muscles. They might have some short term memory loss and drowsiness. Some patients will experience nausea. Their mouth might feel sensitive depending on the type of dental procedures the patient received.




What are the risks of anesthesia?


Adverse effects and serious complications are very rare. However, any operation or anesthetic carries some risks, which depend on the overall health of the patient. Since the specific risks vary with each patient, you should ask your anesthetist what risks your family member may face. The whole team will take every precaution to ensure that the patient’s surgery proceeds smoothly.




What is being done to ensure safety in anesthesia?


The Canadian Anesthetist’s Society and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada work with hospitals and university departments of anesthesia, professional organizations, government agencies, and industry to develop standards of training, equipment, drugs, and procedures to ensure that Canadians receive the highest quality anesthesia care. The primary goal is always patient safety and, thanks to the efforts of all in the field, modern anesthesia has become very safe.





IV Sedation

Sedation Dentistry Candidates Are People who have:


- high fear or traumatic dental experiences - difficulty getting numb - a bad gag reflex - very sensitive teeth




Benefits of intravenous sedation include:


- a calm, relaxing dental experience - little or no memory of the procedure - shortens the perception of the appointment time





Treatments

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General Dentistry

We offer full service general dentistry and we can help you meet your oral health goals.

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Restorative

Care

Implants, Crowns, Veneers, we do it all! Even very complicated cases are welcome.

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Children's Dentistry

Little smiles need a little extra attention...

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Surgical Extractions

Whether it's a wisdom tooth or another prescribed extraction we are here to help