Discussions with Your Dentist

Before agreeing to any level of sedation for your dental procedure, here are a few questions you should ask.

 What should I know/ask before agreeing to any level of sedation for my dental procedure/treatment?

  • Confirm that your dentist is registered with the College of Dental Surgeons of BC to provide the level of sedation recommended for your dental procedure in their dental office.
  • Confirm who will be present for your dental procedure, and their experience and training regarding the level of sedation you will be receiving.
  • If you are having moderate or deep sedation or general anesthesia in the dental office, ensure the facility is registered for that level of sedation. Check with the College of Dental Surgeons of BC.
  • Ask what measures are in place if a medical emergency occurs.
  • Confirm any pre- or post- treatment requirements to ensure that you are properly prepared for your treatment, and that you have a safe recovery. Go over any requirements with the dental office staff to ensure you understand the details of the directions. It is important to follow all directions accurately.
  • Ask what you can expect to feel during your dental treatment. Will you feel anything like pressure, or numbness? Will you be alert?
  • Ask what you can expect after your treatment. Will there be any side effects? Do you require any medication?
  • Ask how long the dental procedure will take and what, if any, recovery time there will be.
  • You will need a responsible adult to accompany and drive you home.

It is also very important for you to let your dentist know about your overall health.

  • Share any health issues or recent concerns with your dentist including any prescriptions you may be taking or over the counter or herbal remedies; changes to your health; or any undiagnosed health concerns you may have (i.e. recent dizziness, shortness of breath).
  • Inform your dentist of any family history of problems with sedation or general anesthesia. 
  • Let your dentist know of any changes since your last appointment.

Review and follow your dentist’s recommendations related to the use of anesthesia and sedation.

Review a complete list of frequently asked questions on sedation and general anesthesia.