If the thought of seeing your dentist gives you chills every six months, a sedative may be the solution.
Sedation dentistry uses a combination of methods, ranging from nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” to general anaesthesia, to calm a patient down during surgeries or otherwise uncomfortable appointments.
For even the most severe dental phobias, there is no longer a reason to avoid the dentist.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental treatments. Sedation dentistry is sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry”.
Patients are usually awake except those who undergo general anaesthesia.
The levels of sedation used include:
- Minimal sedation — the patient is awake but relaxed.
- Moderate sedation, also called conscious sedation — patient may mumble when speaking and not remember much after the procedure.
- Deep sedation — the patient is on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened.
- General anaesthesia — the patient is completely unconscious.
Types of Sedation
The following types of sedation are used in dentistry:
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is used to relax patients during dental procedures.
The patient is conscious while taking laughing gas, and because it’s gas, it wears off very quickly.
When you receive laughing gas, your Preston dentist gives you a nose apparatus through which you breathe the gas.
The effects are mild, and you’ll start to feel the gas quickly, sometimes as soon as 30 seconds after you begin breathing it in.
Some patients relax enough with nitrous oxide and do not require another form of sedation. Other patients need laughing gas on top of oral sedation.
Depending on the dose given, oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. For minimal sedation, you take a pill.
The pill will make you sleepy, although you’ll still be awake. A bigger dose may be given to produce moderate sedation.
This is the type of anaesthesia commonly associated with sedation dentistry. Some people become groggy enough actually to fall asleep during the whole procedure.
They usually can be awakened with a gentle shake.
Intravenous (IV) Dental Sedation
During intravenous (IV) dental sedation, anti-anxiety and anaesthesia medications are precisely administered into your bloodstream.
Within seconds, you are completely calm and at ease, while being monitored for safety and comfort.
You will also be given a local anaesthetic to ensure your complete comfort during the procedure.
You will always need to have a responsible adult drive you to and from your IV sedation appointment and stay with you for the whole day for your safety.
You will receive additional instructions during your sedation consultation, and it is important that you follow them all.
Sedation in Preston
Dental sedation is a great way to conquer anxiety or pain during visits to the dentist.
Don’t put off your next visit because of anxiety; ask your Preston dentist and schedule your next procedure with dental sedation.
Open 6 days a week, our dental practice is conveniently located on Bell St, Preston, with accessible parking on Donovan St, Via Mary St.
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Sedation in Preston
For more information about sedation dentistry, call us on (03) 9131 5952 or visit us at 358 Bell St in Preston.