Sedation Dentistry

Sleep Dentistry and General Anesthesia


At Vaughan Children’s Dentistry, our goal is to provide safe, high quality pediatric dental care in a comfortable setting. Some children are naturally relaxed in our environment and readily accept treatment. For some children, achieving this goal may require a form of sedation. Research shows that traumatic dental experiences in childhood can result in dental fears in adults.


For some children with extensive dental needs, the safest way to complete treatment is under general anesthesia. We perform these procedures approximately two days each week our practice.

Your child’s safety is our top priority. When provided by trained and qualified medical personnel, sedation dentistry is a safe and effective method for delivering high quality care in a comfortable setting. We take safety extremely seriously.

This sedation is administered by qualified and certified physicians with the assistance of registered nurses. All of our physicians,  nurses, and dentists maintain pediatric advanced life support certifications.

Children are sedated by breathing through a mask that covers the nose and mouth. While some children resist this initial part, after a few breaths, your child will be asleep and comfortable. Your child is monitoring throughout the procedure by an anesthesiologist.  Children are usually awake within 5-10 minutes following the dental procedure.  The entire process usually takes 1-1.5 hours.  Click here to learn more


Our practice uses many different forms of sedation which are discussed on our website. During your consultation visit, our doctors will discuss the options available and together we will arrive at a plan that is suitable and individually tailored to your child’s needs. Not every sedation option is suitable for every child.


During Consultation, we consider the following:

  • How old is the child? What is the expected cooperative ability?
  • How much treatment needs to be completed?
  • How long will the treatment take to complete?
  • What is the urgency of dental treatment?
  • How does the child behave at the consultation visit?
  • What is the child’s general personality / disposition?