FAQ

Don’t root canals hurt? >

While many people cringe when they think about root canals, the truth is root canal therapy is relatively painless. Patients are given a local anesthetic prior to treatment. Medications may also be prescribed before and after the treatment to make it as comfortable an experience as possible.

Do you watch out for oral cancer? >

Yes. Dr. Seddon uses a VELscope to check for any abnormalities in patients’ mouths. The VELscope is completely safe and painless. And most importantly, it can often catch irregularities before they’re even visible to the naked eye.

I’m a nervous patient. What treatments can I be sedated for? >

Sedation is an option for any treatment that we offer. Even the most nervous patient can rest assured that their appointment will be an easy experience.

I’ve heard that some fillings can contain mercury. Isn’t that dangerous? >

Most of Dr. Seddon’s fillings do not contain mercury, but some will. While it is true that mercury is a poisonous metal in its elemental state, mercury in dental amalgam is bound in alloy form along with other metals such as silver, copper and tin. While tiny amounts of mercury vapour can be released during chewing, there is no evidence that these trace amounts lead to health problems. The Canadian Dental Association is confident in the safety of amalgam fillings and the Health Protection Branch of Health Canada does not restrict the use of dental amalgam.

Should I get a partial denture, a bridge or implants? >

Dr. Seddon is proud to be able to offer all of these treatment options and will be happy to work with you to figure out what the best possible treatment is for you, whether that is a partial denture, a bridge or implants.

Are dental x-rays dangerous? >

While x-rays in high doses can be harmful, infrequent exposure to the low levels of x-rays used in dentistry is not harmful and has no dangerous side effects. On top of this, we use digital sensors allowing us to limit exposure. We also protect our patients with a lead apron and thyroid collar.

My teeth are sensitive after I whitened them. Is that normal? >

Tooth sensitivity can be a typical side effect of teeth whitening.  It usually resolves 1 to 3 days after treatment is finished or stopped.

Do veneers require any special care? >

No.  Once your final veneers are in place, you can continue to brush and floss as before.

How long will my teeth whitening results last? >

Results typically last for 6 to 9 months after whitening.  This number can drop if you smoke or consume a lot of foods that stain your teeth.  Poor oral hygiene will also decrease how long your results last.

How much do the different cosmetic dentistry services cost? >

We offer a variety of flexible payment plans.

Are there any risks to dental implants? >

As with any type of surgery, there are risks associated with getting dental implants; however, modern dental implants have a success rate of 97% or higher. The most common complication for implants comes from infection around the implant and Dr. Seddon and his highly-trained team take every step to prevent this from happening. Dr. Seddon’s surgical technique has been honed through hours of training and experience and he and his staff follow a very strict sterile protocol. On top of this, every patient is prescribed a comprehensive, individualized antibiotic regimen tailored to their specific needs based upon their treatment plan.

Is the surgery painful? >

The surgery to place the implant takes place while you are under sedation, making it an easy process for you. Dr. Seddon and his team also work to ensure that you don’t have to deal with the pain of infection after implant placement. With Dr. Seddon’s experience and training, a strict sterile protocol and an antibiotic regimen customized for each individual patient, chances of infection are greatly reduced.

Do I need to do anything special before or after the surgery? >

There are a few simple steps to follow before and after your appointment to have an implant put in. They can be found here:

How much do implants cost? >

We offer a variety of flexible payment plans.

Is sedation dentistry safe? >

Yes. Dr. Seddon and his staff have a great deal of training and experience in this field and they attend continuing education courses to continually refine their technique. The sedatives they use have all been thoroughly tested and approved for use in dentistry as well.

 

What treatments can I be sedated for? >

Sedation is an option for every treatment that we offer. Dr. Seddon and his team are happy to be able to accommodate the needs of every one of their patients.

How long before the sedative wears off? >

This can actually vary greatly depending on the patient and depending on the procedure. The sedative can begin to wear off within the first hour, but it is still important that any patient who undergoes sedation take the rest of the day off and get plenty of rest.

Do I really need someone to pick me up? Can’t I just take a cab? >

It is very important that you arrange to have a responsible adult take you home after your appointment as the sedative will take some time to clear your system. You will not be able to drive yourself home and should not drive at all for the rest of that day. We need to know for certain that you are going to make it all the way home safely, so taking a cab is not an option.

Preparing for your Sedation Dentistry Appointment: >

Ensure that you pick up any prescribed medication two days prior to your sedation appointment so that you can take it as instructed. The night before, eat a healthy meal and avoid having any alcohol. Get a good night’s sleep. If you are having IV sedation please, AVOID HAVING ANYTHING TO EAT FOR 8 HOURS. Clear liquids can be consumed up to 6 hours prior. If you are having ORAL sedation, you may have a healthy breakfast, but avoid anything with caffeine or grapefruit juice as these will react with the oral sedation medication. Make sure that you wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing to your appointment. Finally, as you will not be able to drive yourself home, be sure that you have arranged to have a responsible adult take you home from our office.

What are the health risks of untreated sleep apnea? >

Left untreated, sleep apnea can cause heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, obesity, G.E.R.D, and impotence.

What are the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea? >

The most common symptoms include, snoring, fatigue, and high blood pressure.  Other indications include TMJ disorders, clenching and grinding, social problems, memory loss, obesity, and a large collar measurement.

Do I have sleep apnea? >

If this is a question you are asking yourself, perhaps you should call and book a consultation.  It is important to remember that anyone can have sleep apnea, even athletes and children.  In fact, 80% of people who snore have some form of obstructed sleep apnea.  That’s a lot of us.  The great news is that it’s not too late to think about treatment.

How can I treat my sleep apnea? >

Many people are familiar with the CPAP machine.  For some this works well, but we have an alternative solution.  We offer an overnight sleep test that can be done in the comfort of your own home. The test results indicate the type and level of severity of sleep apnea you have. Sleep apnea can be treated with the CPAP machine, or with a small, comfortable dental appliance that is designed to keep your airway open as you sleep.

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