You can have a relaxing sleep during your visit to St. Lawrence Dentistry.
For your comfort St. Lawrence Dentistry provides dentistry asleep in conjunction with Board Certified Medical Anesthesiologists. We have been licensed by the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario since 2005 to provide general anesthesia at our office and are facilities are routinely inspected by the College.
At the time of your sedation dentistry appointment we will review all the information about what to expect and what you must do following your appointment. This article provides a general overview of what follows after your sleep dentistry appointment.
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Here are some are some of the things you must follow or be aware of following your sedation (sleep dentistry) visit to our office.
- It usually takes approximately 30-60 minutes after surgery before the patient can go home safely. It is not uncommon for the patient to feel dizzy and disoriented when upon awakening. Children frequently cry, even if they do not experience any discomfort. The intravenous catheter will remain in place until the patient is fully awake.
- A responsible adult must accompany the patient home. The responsible adult must be at the patient’s side (i.e. NOT be driving the car). The patient must not be left unattended in the back of the car (so there may need to be a second individual).
- Patients should rest at home for the post-operative period (24 hours). DO NOT WORK, DRIVE, OPERATE HAZARDOUS MACHINERY OR MAKE IMPORTANT DECISIONS FOR 24 HOURS FOLLOWING ANAESTHESIA. A responsible adult must be with the patient. Children must not participate in activities that may cause injury, i.e. running, riding a bicycle.
- The patient should not be allowed to fall asleep in an upright position (i.e. car seat, stroller) on the day of surgery to prevent the possibility of air passage obstruction.
- The patient should drink plenty of fluids (water, juice) after anaesthesia but should not drink alcoholic beverages or take sedative medication for 24 hours after surgery.
- If the patient is not experiencing any nausea or vomiting, he/she may eat solid food as tolerated (please begin with easily-digested foods).
- A sore throat or sore nose (with small amounts of blood) is common after anaesthesia and will resolve on its own. Some muscle ache in the neck and shoulders is also common.
- Take medications as advised. Unless instructed otherwise, Tylenol or Motrin can be used to control pain. The surgeon/dentist will usually write a prescription for additional pain killers as needed.
- The area where the intravenous catheter was placed may be sore and bruised for a few days after surgery. Should this persist or worsen, please call us.
- A slight rash in the face may be visible where tape was applied.
- For follow-up with the dentist/surgeon please call his/her office as instructed.
- If necessary contact or visit the nearest emergency room. Please call us for any concerns or unexpected events, i.e.: if the patient vomits beyond 4 hours after anaesthesia ii. if the patient does not pass urine iii. if the patient develops a fever over 38.5o C iv. if there is any difficulty breathing v. if there is any significant bleeding vi. if there is severe pain, not relieved with rest and medication vii. if the patient has to go to the emergency room or seek medical attention related to the surgery viii. if there are any other unexpected events or concerns.
We would like to make your dental visit asleep as relaxing as possible. If you have any questions about Dentistry Asleep and live in the Mississauga/Oakville/Toronto area please give us a call.