Sedation / Sleep Dentistry in Barrie

Barrie Smile Centre

We offer a wide range of dental services including:

  • Dental exams and cleanings
  • Teeth whitening
  • Fillings and restorations
  • Root canals
  • Extractions
  • Orthodontic treatments
  • Dental implants

At Barrie Smile Centre, our team of dental professionals is equipped to offer multiple levels of sedation & sleep dentistry. We understand that sometimes maintaining optimal oral health and wellness can be difficult for some people. Unfortunately, many people fear dentistry, some to such an extreme degree that it completely prevents them from ever seeing a dentist.

We can offer several types of sedation to help alleviate the fear of visiting the dentist. Whether it is "laughing gas" (nitrous oxide) to help relax a patient who has some slight nervousness or "sleep dentistry" (full sedation) for the extremely fearful or anxious patient, we have the solution to your dental anxiety. Sometimes, dental work is necessary for very young children who cannot understand and tolerate the procedures without some sedation. Why put a child through a difficult procedure when they could have their dental work done while they are asleep?

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What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry utilizes medications to help patients relax during dental procedures, alleviating anxiety or fear. It offers varying levels of sedation, from mild relaxation to deeper states. Methods include oral sedatives, intravenous (IV) sedation, and inhalation of gases like nitrous oxide. The goal is to ensure a comfortable and stress-free patient experience, making dental care more accessible, especially for those with dental phobias or apprehensions.

Who Can benefit from dental sedation?

  • Children who are anxious or very young
  • Patients with strong gag reflex
  • Adults who have severe dental fear
  • Patients with needle phobias (dental freezing)

Sedation Options

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is often a great option for the anxious patient. We provide a relaxing sedative prescribed at the ideal dosage to induce sleepiness and comfort. This type of sedation alleviates anxiety, while providing conscious relaxation throughout your entire dental procedure.

IV Sedation (Intravenous)

IV sedation allows you to relax while remaining semi-conscious throughout the entire procedure. This allows you to communicate, cooperate, and follow the instructions given by the dentists during your procedure when necessary. Some patients prefer to be completely asleep which renders them fully unconscious throughout their entire dental appointment. Call us today so that we may guide you in selecting the best sedation option for you.

General Anaesthesia (Dentistry Asleep)

There are some patients, including very young children, disabled adults, and very fearful patients of any age who might require deeper sedation for dental treatment. At Barrie Smile Centre, we can accommodate your needs. We are pleased to offer General Anaesthesia (Deep Sedation) for your total comfort and peace of mind.

Procedure Overview

Sedation dentistry is a comprehensive process aimed at improving the overall dental experience.

Pre-Sedation Preparations

Before the procedure, a thorough preparation and consultation phase occurs. This involves a detailed review of the patient's medical history, understanding specific dental needs, and discussing the appropriate sedation options.

During the Sedation Procedure

During the procedure, skilled professionals administer the chosen sedation method. The goal is to create a calm and stress-free environment for the patient during dental work.

After Sedation Care

After the sedation dentistry procedure, recovery is monitored to ensure the patient's well-being. Post-procedure instructions are provided, detailing any necessary aftercare and offering guidance for ongoing comfort and oral health.


What happens before sedation dentistry?

A thorough evaluation of your health and dental history is conducted, and the dentist discusses sedation options, considerations, and any necessary precautions.

Are you completely asleep during sedation dentistry?

Not necessarily; sedation levels vary. It may range from minimal sedation (awake but relaxed) to general anesthesia (completely asleep).

Will I feel any pain with dental sedation?

No, you should not feel pain during the procedure. Local anesthesia is often used to ensure comfort.

Can you feel pain during conscious sedation?

You may feel discomfort, but pain is minimized, and you remain conscious and responsive.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

When administered by trained professionals, sedation dentistry is generally safe.

Who isn't a good candidate for sedation dentistry?

Individuals with certain medical conditions or allergies, pregnant women in some cases, or those with specific medications contraindicating sedation.

What happens after sedation dentistry?

After the procedure, you'll be monitored until the effects wear off, and post-sedation instructions will be provided.

What are the advantages of sedation dentistry?

Reduced anxiety, increased comfort, and the ability to complete multiple procedures in a session.

What are the risks or complications of sedation dentistry?

Potential risks include respiratory issues, allergic reactions, and complications associated with the specific type and depth of sedation.

Can I have sedation dentistry if I'm pregnant?

It's generally avoided during the first trimester, but some procedures may allow for sedation with precautions during later stages. Always consult with your healthcare provider.

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The Barrie Smile Centre is the best dental office I've ever been to. The staff is very friendly,professional and knowledgeable. They take away any anxiety and fear of going for a procedure. I highly recommend them!


Very clean, professional and friendly! They have done lots of work for me including 2 implants. I highly recommend them!


Very clean, professional and helpful. 2 other dentists previously tried to fix my composite veneer and both times it look awful and/or was the wrong colour. One trip here and everything was fixed!


Very friendly, helpful staff. Makes you feel welcome as soon as you enter. I needed a tooth removed and got in the same day I called. When I arrived I didn’t have to wait. I have numerous problem with my teeth and they came up with a solution. Thank you all so much.


Just got home from the Smile Centre and I'm thrilled with my results. Had Zoom whitening, and it was better than I expected. The attendant took the time to explain everything super thoroughly. She warned I may have sensitivity but so far so good. I wish I did it ages ago.


The first thing I noticed upon entering the building was the beautiful design plan and lovely staff. I was greeted at the door and made comfortable throughout my entire experience. Everything was explained to me in detail and the staff always made sure I fully understood. This is an amazing office and I would 10/10 recommend it!!


Amazing fast clean attentive friendly ! Im sold! Thankkk youuuuu guys !!!!!!! Had a wisdom.tooth taken out under sedation! All.went perfect and you guys were awesomee!


Every time I go to the Smile Centre in Barrie it’s an amazing experience! Everyone from the admin staff to the dentists are so helpful. Not only do they tell you your options (in my case options for a missing tooth), but they also explain the pros and cons of every option. I highly recommend the Smile Centre


Barrie Smile Centre is truly amazing I called and had an issue with with some tooth pain they were able to fit me in same day which I was truly grateful for. All the staff are kind and professional they truly care about there patients. Big thank you to Dr.Eisen for being so kind and helping me in this situation. I highly recommend Barrie Smile Centre 😃 Thanks again


Great family dentist, has always been on time for appointments. Doing a great job during these times with cleanliness as well! Very professional staff!