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St. Catharines Sedation Dentistry

Help Relieve Anxiety, Reduce Pain with Sedation Dentistry

Garden City Dental offers oral conscious sedation – also known as sedation dentistry – to help relieve the very real and often debilitating anxiety associated with dental phobia. Patients who feel stressed about dental work, as well as those who need multiple procedures performed in one visit, benefit from conscious sedation.

The procedure involves taking an oral sedative prior to your visit. Your vital signs and comfort level are keenly monitored throughout your visit to ensure your safety and well-being.

If you have chosen to have your dental treatment under intravenous sedation, it is important to note that this is different from a general anesthetic. Here are some crucial rules to follow before, during, and after your visit to ensure your procedure can go ahead as planned:

  • Have a light meal one to two hours before you attend.

  • Wear loose clothing and avoid nail varnish and fake nails to aid in administering your sedation and monitoring.

  • If you are on routine medication, continue to take it as normal before and after your procedure, unless advised otherwise.

  • Do not consume alcohol or recreational drugs, including cannabis, for 48 hours before and after your procedure.

  • Refrain from smoking to aid healing.


Sedation is not possible if you are pregnant, and if you're a nursing mother, you will not be able to breastfeed for 12 hours after sedation.


Please do not bring children or babies to your appointment and ensure you bring a responsible, able-bodied escort over the age of 18. Your escort will need to check in with you on arrival and remain in the waiting room during your treatment.

Sedation will make you feel relaxed, and you may forget much of the visit. Aftercare advice will be explained to your escort, and they will be given a leaflet. You will remain in the recovery area until you can walk unaided. It is preferable that you and your escort go home by car or taxi. If using public transport, please take extra care as the effects of sedation can last for up to 12 hours. Rest at home for the remainder of the day, accompanied by an adult.

Avoid caring for others and eat and drink when you feel ready, avoiding very hot or very cold foods. Do not drive or operate machinery until the following day. Avoid making important decisions, including financial transactions, signing any documents, or using social media for the next 12 hours to ensure your procedure can take place as planned.

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