At the Hamilton Dentist, we do our best to ensure the comfort and safety of our patients. We know it’s not always easy for you to relax during a dental visit and you’re not the only one! Aside from their easy-going approachable personalities, our dentists employ pain-free dental care techniques to ensure your comfort.
What is Pain-Free Dentistry?
Pain-free dentistry can be easily defined by its label as the practice of dentistry which is pain-free. Much of this is due to the advances and continuing advancement of dental techniques, state of the art technology and improving practices. To build successful relationships with our patients it is important that they are as comfortable during dental treatments as they can be. Our dentists' experience means that they are often able to complete fillings that have not gone too deep without any anaesthetic required at all.
What is local anaesthetic?
Local anaesthetics are drugs used to numb and take feeling out of a specific part of the body. This is opposed to general anaesthetic which affects the whole body. A local anaesthetic is typically applied via injection a few minutes before the procedure. If your treatment requires local anaesthetics, our numbing gel means you won’t even feel the anaesthetic being delivered. After your dental procedure, the anaesthetic will wear off allowing you to get on with your life!
What is NOS (laughing gas)?
Nitrous Oxide (NOS) is commonly known as laughing gas. It is a colourless, non-flammable gas, with a slightly sweet odour and taste. Nitrous Oxide is frequently used to relax patients during treatments. The effects of laughing gas stop soon after treatment allowing you to resume normal activities after your appointment!
Is NOS sedation safe?
Nitrous oxide sedation is very safe and effective. It is administered through an inhaler over your nose that releases gas when you inhale through your nose. You will feel the effects within minutes and these effects are completely gone within minutes of the gas being turned off after your treatment. You will need to have a preliminary visit with our dentists to make sure that you are an eligible candidate for nitrous sedation.
What is oral sedation?
Oral sedation has been commonly used for dental procedures for many years. It can be very successful and is widely used for both adults and children. It entails taking a prescribed tablet an hour before treatment commences. If you choose oral sedation, we ask that you have someone to drive you home after your treatment is completed.
Does oral sedation have side effects?
The most common side effect of oral sedation is drowsiness which is why we ask that you have someone to drive you home post-treatment. Other side effects can include a dry mouth, dizziness and headaches. Less common side effects can include nausea and vomiting. Your dentist will be able to discuss these in greater detail during your appointment.