Sedation Dentistry

What is this treatment?

Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. This is sometimes referred to as relaxation dentistry. There are a number of options that our practice offers –

Oral Sedation

Depending on your suitability the dentist could prescribe a “sedative pill” which is meant to be consumed prior to your dental procedure.

Happy Gas

Happy gas is a safe method of relieving anxiety. Nitrous oxide is dispensed via a mask that is worn over the nose by one of our trained dentists. The recovery time after which is very quick.

Twilight Sedation

Commonly known as ‘sleep dentistry’, where our in-house anaesthetist will administer medication and monitor the entire proceedings. You will remain conscious during the entire procedure, being aware of your surroundings, but have dulled responses. Most do not even notice the dental procedure and some may not even remember the events. Generally, it is safer and has minimal side effects compared to general anaesthesia.

Is this treatment for me?

There is no way to categorise who requires sedation and who does not. Sedation dentistry can be carried out for any given dental procedure.

In general, sedation dentistry is ideal for those who

  • 9Are anxious about going to the dentist
  • 9Have a fear of having dental procedures done, especially if it is preventing you from having necessary dental treatment
  • 9Have difficulty achieving the desired effects of local anaesthetic or have an overactive gag reflex
  • 9Have sensitive teeth during routine cleans

The benefits of this treatment are

  • 9You will feel more relaxed throughout your entire procedure
  • 9You can receive treatment without being acutely aware of the specifics of the procedure
  • 9You can have a large amount of dental treatment done in one visit
  • 9You can avoid the noise, smell and taste associated with dental treatment
  • 9It can be used for everything from invasive procedures to simple teeth cleaning

Which sedative technique is best for me?

You could have a one-on-one discussion with the dentist to discuss the pros and cons, the side effects, and the costs of each procedure to decide which procedure suits you best.

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