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Altima Sedation Dentistry

Over 60% of Canadians suffer from some form of dental anxiety before a dental procedure.1
Altima Dental Anxiety Solutions
Are you afraid of the dentist?

We can help.

Whether you have a severe dental phobia or mild dental anxiety, sedation dentistry may be the answer. Sedation dentistry, also known as "sleep dentistry", allows you to relax during your dental appointment safely and comfortably, free from feelings of discomfort, stress and anxiety.

At Altima, we offer a variety of dental sedation techniques that can be customized to fit your individual needs. Our compassionate dental team will work with you to make your dental experience at Altima as comfortable as possible.

Sedation dentistry is suitable for a wide range of dental procedures including routine preventative dental care appointments, cosmetic dentistry, wisdom teeth extractions and restorative dentistry.

While sedation dentistry is suitable for those with dental anxiety, it is can also benefit patients who have:

  • A heightened gag reflex
  • Long or complex dental appointments
  • Multiple dental procedures in one visit
  • Trouble receiving local anesthesia
  • Very sensitive teeth
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Postponing dental treatment can be costly

Don’t let your fear of the dentist stop you from getting the dental treatment you need now. Putting off dental treatment can be costly and detrimental to your oral health and overall health, increasing your risk of gum disease, early tooth loss and other serious health problems.

Even skipping regular preventative care dental appointments can allow minor dental issues to develop into invasive, costly dental problems.

Don't wait to get the dental treatment you need now. Contact us for your complimentary sedation dentistry consultation* today.

*Includes a 15 minute consultation with a general dentist (excluding x-rays) where applicable. Fees may apply with a specialist.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous oxide sedation, or laughing gas, is a combination of oxygen and nitrous oxide gas you inhale through a mask that fits comfortably over your mouth and nose. Nitrous oxide sedation allows you to relax during your dental appointment while remaining conscious. This form of conscious sedation is generally mild to moderate, and tends to wear off quickly.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is a sedative that is taken orally before your dental appointment in the form of a pill. Oral sedation allows you to relax during your dental appointment while remaining conscious, but sometimes drowsy. This type of conscious sedation can range from mild to moderate depending on the dose provided by your sedation dentist.

Intravenous (IV) Sedation

IV sedation is a dose of sedative administered intravenously that works very quickly to induce a deeper level of sleep-like sedation. While under IV sedation, you are unaware of your surroundings, while remaining conscious. This form of conscious dental sedation can range from mild to moderate, depending on the dose administered by your sedation dentist.

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is a form of deep sedation administered intravenously by an Anesthesiologist. While under general anesthesia, you are completely unconscious and unaware of your surroundings, while in a moderate to deep sleep.


Types of Pain Relief

Topical Anesthetics

Topical anesthetics are numbing gels applied topically (with a cotton swab) to small areas around your gums and teeth. Topical anesthetics are used to temporarily numb these areas while you are getting dental work done, so you can feel more comfortable during your dental procedure. The effects of topical anesthetics generally wear off very quickly.

Local Anesthesia

Local anesthesia, also known as "freezing", works by completely numbing small areas around your gums and teeth where you are getting dental work done, so your dental procedure is pain-free. Local anesthesia can be used to reduce your comfort during a variety of different dental procedures including dental fillings, dental restorations and cosmetic dentistry. The effects of local anesthesia can take a few hours to completely wear off, depending on the dose given by your dentist.


Analgesics, also known as "painkillers", are used to relieve minor to severe discomfort after a dental procedure. Commonly used analgesics used to relieve minor to moderate discomfort post-dental procedure include ibuprofen (Advil), acetaminophen (Tylenol) and aspirin. If your discomfort after your dental procedure is severe, or you have had extensive dental work, your dentist may prescribe a stronger analgesic to assist you with your recovery.

Altima Dental Sedation Patients

Tips to help you cope with dental anxiety

  1. Bring a distraction: Reading a good book or listening to soothing music on your headset can help you stay calm and relaxed in the dental centre waiting room before your dental visit.
  2. Tell the dentist: Let the dentist know about your dental anxiety before your dental appointment. This will help the dentist better address your apprehensions and concerns, making the appointment go smoothly.
  3. Ask questions: Ask your dentist to explain your dental procedure beforehand, and walk you through the procedure step-by-step as it is being performed. Knowing what to expect can alleviate some of your dental anxiety and help you feel more in control of the dental appointment.
  4. Communicate: Talk to your dentist beforehand about stopping the dental procedure when you become uncomfortable. Establish a non-verbal gesture such as raising a hand when you want the dentist to stop. This can help you feel more in control of the procedure and will let the dentist know when you are feeling uncomfortable.

Contact us for your sedation dentistry options - and Wake up to a new smile!®

1McMaster, Robert & Garista, Gabriella (2012). Practical Considerations for Treating the Anxious Dental Patient. The Professional Advisory: Oral Health Group.

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*10-minute complimentary consultation is with a general dentist, & excludes x-rays or new patient exam. Fees may apply with a specialist.