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New Patient Information

A Patients First Visit

The first appointment is for us to determine your level of health by reviewing your medical history, performing an anesthetic consult, a physical and vital exam, and reviewing your dental and anesthetic needs. When necessary, we will consult with your referring dentist and/or your physician.

Your dental and anesthetic needs will be consulted and if applicable, in cooperation with your referring dentist. The process of treatment under anesthesia will be explained. Pre-operative instructions to prepare for you or your loved one’s visit will be given.

  • Depending on your comfort level, we may take radiographs to aid the treatment plan
  • Please arrive early to complete the medical history questionnaire

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe?

  • Anesthesia and sedation performed for typical dental procedures are very safe. Although the risk is not zero, as some level of risk is associated with every activity, we make anesthesia safe by implementing rigorous standards, training, and incorporating a team of qualified personnel.
  • This team includes you the patient, or you as the parent. To make this procedure as safe as possible, it is imperative that you follow the preoperative and postoperative instructions.
  • Dr. Joonyoung Ji is one of a handful of dentists in Ontario who are specialists in Dental Anesthesia. The safety record of Dental Anesthesiologists is second to none.

Are there different levels of Anesthesia?

  • Conscious Sedation
    • Conscious sedation is the most widely available method of sedation in dentistry.
    • Nitrous oxide (laughing gas), sedative pills, and IV sedation fall into this category.
    • These options are commonly available at general dentist offices. Although the individual has difficulty remembering treatment, they were in fact conscious and responsive for the entire treatment. This method of sedation is not always appropriate for the patient or the dental treatment.
  • Unconscious Sedation and General Anesthesia
    • Also known as Deep Sedation and General Anesthesia, only practitioners with formal multiyear residency training and education in anesthesia are permitted to practice this type of anesthesia.
    • These individuals are:
      • Dental Anesthesiologists
      • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
      • Medical Anesthesiologists
    • Multiple drugs (Intravenous and/or inhaled) are used to achieve this level of anesthesia and the depth can be tailored to the dental procedure and patient needs.

What happens at my first appointment?

  • The first appointment is for us to determine your level of health by reviewing your medical history, performing an anesthetic consult, a physical and vital exam, and reviewing your dental and anesthetic needs. When necessary, we will consult with your referring dentist and/or your physician
  • Depending on your comfort level, we may take radiographs to aid the treatment plan
  • Please arrive early to complete the medical history questionnaire
  • The process of treatment under anesthesia will be explained. Pre-operative instructions to prepare for you or your loved one’s visit will be given.

How should I prepare for my first procedure?

Following these instructions are mandatory to keep your treatment as safe as possible. Failure to follow the instructions introduces unnecessary risk and will result in cancelation of the appointment without exceptions. We may add additional instructions during consult.

  • All patients must be feeling their best before treatment. Please inform us of any health changes as soon as possible. This includes but not limited to: coughs, colds, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, sputum, sickness, sudden worsening of any pre-existing medical conditions, and any unwell feeling.
  • All patients must be fasted according to the standards set forth by the RCDSO and ASA.
    • Absolutely no solid foods or liquids other than plain water for 8 hours before treatment.
      • Gum, Jello, Toothpaste count as solids
    • Absolutely no water less than 3 hours before treatment.
      • We recommend drinking water 3 hours before treatment to avoid thirst. Hydration will be given intravenously during treatment.
    • Unless otherwise instructed, it is absolutely crucial to follow this to avoid unnecessary risk during anesthesia.
    • Please be extra-vigilant of children to ensure the above requirements are met.
  • All patients must have a responsible adult escort home via car or taxi. Presence of escort and method of travel will be confirmed prior to treatment.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Bring their favourite blanket.

What can I expect during recovery?

  • Most patients regain alertness soon after stopping anesthesia but remain sleepy or groggy for the next few hours.
  • When deemed safe, you may be escorted by a responsible adult directly home via private car or taxi
  • Rest in the company of your escort, drink lots of fluids, and avoid exercise or activities requiring balance.
  • Do not make any financial, business, retail, or decisions involving money
  • Do not operate heavy machinery or vehicle for the next 24hrs

Contact the Clinic

265 Carling Ave. Suite 100
Ottawa, ON.
K1S 2E1

Tel: (613) 518-2147
Email: info@drji.ca