At North York Dental Clinic, we offer nitrous oxide or oral sedation as a means of relaxation during dental treatment. These solutions do not replace local anesthetic where appropriate, but can be a very useful tool for apprehensive patients. Use is determined by each patient’s medical background and treatment needs.
Before Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen (laughing gas) with local anaesthesia appointments
Pre-Operative Instructions (For Adults)
- You may not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for six (6) hours prior to the appointment.
- The effects of Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) wear off within minutes of turning off the gas. You could drive home after your procedure, but if you have a person to drive you home afterwards that would be nice.
- Contact lenses, dangling facial jewellery, tongue bolt, nasal and eyebrow rings or studs should be left at home. If you wear dentures, they will be removed at the time of surgery.
- Do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup, eye mascara or nail polish on the day of surgery.
- You should brush your teeth prior to coming for your procedure. You can rinse out your mouth; just try to minimize swallowing excess water so your stomach remains basically empty.
- If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, stomach or bowel upset, please notify the office as your appointment may have to be rescheduled.
- If you take routine oral medications, please check your pre op instruction sheet (see instruction #9) or check with our office prior to your surgical date for instructions.
- If necessary, you should take your antibiotic premedication 60 minutes before your appointment with a small sip of water to swallow the pills.
Pre-Operative Instructions (For Children)
Our goal is to provide quality care, as well as a positive dental experience for your child.
In selected situations, oral conscious sedation is recommended in order to make your
Child’s dental visit as easy and comfortable as possible.
Sedation usually involves the use of several medications. The particular combination
And dosage of medications is individually tailored to your child’s needs. Use of
Sedation will generally help relax your child and relieve his/her fear and anxiety.
Although we do not "put children to sleep", they often nap lightly.
In order to help ensure a successful sedation appointment, your understanding and
Cooperation with the following instructions is necessary:
Eating & Drinking Do not give your child solid foods, milk or dairy products at least 6
hours prior to the sedation appointment. You may give your child CLEAR liquids up to
four hours prior to the sedation appointment. Clear liquids are water, apple juice, or tea.
This helps to avoid vomiting and the resulting complications during the sedation
Medications Do not give your child any medications before or after the sedation
Appointment unless the doctor has prescribed them or previously agreed.
Change In Health Notify us as soon as possible if there is a change in your child’s
health (for example: a cold during the week prior to his/her sedation appointment).
Arriving A parent or legal guardian must accompany the patient to the office and
Must remain in the office until the treatment is completed. Please plan to arrive early for
Activities Do not schedule further activities for your child on the day of dental
treatment. Limit your child’s physical activity and plan to make the day quiet and
relaxed. Stay at home with your child for the rest of the day.
Contraindications Please inform us if your child has any of these following
conditions, or any other conditions not listed that you are concerned might affect your
Child’s sedation or treatment:
- Hypoabuminemia-low blood protein
- Uncontrolled Glaucoma
- Heart, Liver, Lung, or Kidney problems or conditions