Sedation Options

Sedation & Sleep Dentistry

It's ok, we know going to the dentist is very scary for some.

Many people are nervous or anxious about being treated by their dentist but fortunately there are a number of techniques we have at our disposal to help you.

These include

  • Inhalation sedation
  • Intravenous Sedation, and
  • General Anaesthetic
Sleep Dentistry

Option 1 - Inhalation Sedation

The most common technique is the use of a nitrous oxide and oxygen mix or the so-called ‘laughing gas’.

The Nitrous Oxide mixture:

  • Reduces pain
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Reduces the gag reflex
  • Patients will often experience a feeling of well-being and euphoria

The technique involves placing a mask over your nose, and then breathing through your nose.

The gases have a slightly sweet smell and are well tolerated by even the most sensitive noses. The dentist will adjust the percentage of nitrous oxide to oxygen to suit you.

Laughing Gas

The technique has a number of advantages over other techniques:

  • It is less expensive than other techniques
  • It is simple
  • No escort is required
  • No fasting is required
  • There is a rapid onset and fast recovery
  • It is suitable for children

Unfortunately the technique is not suitable for all. Some anxious and phobic people require a deeper form of sedation. In general, pregnant women should not receive inhalation sedation. People with nasal obstructions and mouth breathers may also find this method unsuitable.

Option 2 - Intravenous Sedation

For people who require a greater degree of sedation, or if the procedure is of a nature that requires the patient to be sedated, intravenous sedation may be suitable. With this technique a sedative is injected into a vein in the arm by a qualified sedationist or anaesthetist.

The advantages are:

  • Patients usually remember nothing of the procedure, and
  • It is suitable for a wide range of people and procedures.

Type 3 – General Anaesthetic

The ‘ultimate’ technique for the phobic patient is for the patient to go under general anaesthetic. General Anaesthetic procedures are conducted in hospital.

The benefits of general anaesthetic are:

  • Sleep through – you’ll sleep through the entire procedure
  • Time Effective – you can often have multiple treatments completed in one session
  • Treatment in safe and comfortable surroundings – the staff at the hospital will work closely with our LifeCare team to provide a comfortable and safe experience. Most dental patients are admitted as day patients and are discharged within a few hours of their procedure.

Are you due for a checkup?

We have options to help with your fear

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