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Sedation Dentistry at Pymble Family Dentist

sedation-dentistry

Sedation Dentistry uses modern medicine to put your mind at rest while visiting the dentist. We understand patients have different phobias and we offer sedation dentistry for a wide range of procedures, from cleaning treatments to wisdom teeth extractions. We want to help make your visit as comfortable and as stress free as it can be. Our top of the range surgery offers four sedation options.

1. Inhalation sedation
Nitrous Oxide, otherwise known as ‘happy gas’, is a combination of oxygen and nitrous oxide. It is generally suitable for all ages and can make your dental experience more pleasurable.

We administer the gas through an inhalation line with a soft cup. The cup is placed over your nose and can be easily adjusted to suit you. You can still talk and hear and are aware of everything happening around you. Patients have often said that they feel light and relaxed during the gas sedation. The gas takes a few minutes to work and then you will be ready for your procedure. In some cases you may also need a local injection, but having the gas and numbing gel first makes this step easier, and usually there is little to no discomfort.

When the treatment is finished we switch the gas off and you breathe in pure oxygen for a few moments before we switch to room air.

You should be able to drive home as this type of gas wears off quickly.

2. Oral sedation
Oral sedation is a popular surgery option because it does not require an injection. It is sometimes referred to as ‘relaxation’ or ‘anxiety free’ dentistry and is widely used in modern dentistry. When you are nervous, your pain threshold is much lower and you become hypersensitive to any sensation. Oral sedatives, such as Valium, help dull your senses, allowing you to become relaxed and discomfort is minimum.

On the day of your treatment you will need to take a dose of medication one hour before your appointment, allowing ample time for it to take effect. A local anaesthetic injection may still be used after the application of numbing gel to ensure you have minimal discomfort during your treatment. We also offer this option for people who may have a severe gag reflex; it allows the muscles to relax and patients have a better experience at the dentist. Many patients find oral sedation the best option as it is very effective and less costly than some other options.

We recommend you have someone to escort you to and from your appointment as the effects take a while to wear off.

3. IV sedation
IV sedation, or conscious sedation, is also known as ‘sleep dentistry’ or ‘twilight dentistry’, and is a good option for patients with a severe dental phobia. During IV sedation, you are not asleep but your body is in a deep sense of relaxation, or half-awake state. You are responsive and able to follow simple instructions. You will most likely not be able to recall the procedure because of the amnesic effect of the medication administered through an intravenous line. IV sedation can be used for treatments requiring longer sessions, or for those who may be very anxious about dental treatments. Time often feels like it passes quickly and when you wake after your treatment it may feel like you are waking up from a dream.

We recommend that you are escorted home after this procedure as you will not be able to drive.

 

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