She also offers sedation dentistry because, sometimes, dental anxiety can be so great that patients put off necessary procedures, which can lead to further dental problems in the future.
In some cases, light sedation can help patients avoid these problems by relaxing them enough. Patients should consider dental sedation when:
The sedation uses nitrous oxide (laughing gas), which relaxes patients, but it does not induce a deep state of sleep. Patients under sedation are calm and relaxed, but awake, aware of their surroundings, and able to answer questions. If a patient does drift asleep, they will wake up easily and can respond to instructions.
Following the procedure, we monitor patients to ensure that their breathing and heart rate are unaffected. The sedation medication will wear off quickly once we turn off the gas. Most patients can drive themselves home and resume daily activities. However, it’s important to follow your dentist’s instructions for post-procedure care. In some cases, patients will need to alter their diet or rest.
If you have a fear of the dentist, call Dr. Karen Ho at 905-547-4940 and schedule a consultation to discuss your anxieties and find out if you’re a candidate for sedation dentistry. Dentistry on Parkdale is conveniently located at 21 Parkdale Avenue South, Hamilton, ON.
Dr. Karen Ho is a trusted dentist serving patients of all ages in Hamilton, Ontario. Having studied at prestigious institutes such as McMaster University and University of Toronto and trained at Hartford Hospital (General Practice Residency), she opened her private practice in 2003.
Dr. Ho is committed to lifelong learning as she believes that she can serve her community better by constantly updating herself. She is affiliated with many professional organisations like the Academy of General Dentistry, Institute for Clinical Practice of Pediatric Dentistry, The Dawson Academy Study Club, Niagara Peninsula Dental Diagnostic Study Club, Hamilton Chapter of the Seattle Study Club (Founding Member), and Boston and Tufts Universities.