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Dental Sedation For Patients with Special Needs

Posted Aug 9th, 2017

Dental Sedation For Patients with Special Needs

Offering sedation dentistry for patients with special needs fits well into our general practice philosophy: that it’s important to make sure each of our patients receives the care he or she needs, safely and comfortably.


At Elgin Corners Dental, our Surrey dentists offer the same high quality dental care to each and every one of our patients, and we adapt how we provide that care based on individual needs. This applies to our patients with special needs, too!

The comfort and safety of our patients with special needs is our primary concern. For this reason, we offer a variety of anesthesia and sedation options at our dental office.

How can sedation help?

For many of our patients with special needs, undergoing dental treatment can be difficult or impossible for a wide range of medical, mental, physical or psychological reasons.

Sedation or anesthesia allows many of these patients to undergo necessary dental care they might otherwise not be able to tolerate.

We most commonly use dental sedation for patients with special needs for the following reasons:

  • Lack of cooperation
  • Multiple morbidities (co-occurring diseases)
  • Pediatric autism
  • Cognitive impairments

How does the sedation process work?

We get started by getting to know our patients, to make sure that they are cared for in a fashion that suits their particular personality and needs. If applicable, we’ll also discuss treatment options with a responsible family member or guardian.

Patients with severe restrictions or multiple medical problems will be evaluated by an anesthesiologist prior to undergoing treatment with anesthesia.

Whatever the type of sedation ultimately selected for the patient, he or she will be monitored carefully throughout the procedure by an appropriate dental professional.

We ask that all patients who are undergoing sedation dentistry of any kind are escorted to and from the appointment by a friend, family member or guardian, as most types of sedation take some time to wear off.


If you think that sedation dentistry might help you or a loved one undergo necessary dental care, please contact our Surrey dental office.

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