Many patients can feel anxiety about certain dental procedures and sedation can be a great tool to help mitigate those fears. At E Dental Perth, our dentists can offer multiple sedation options to ensure patients are at ease and not anxious during treatment.
There are multiple options when it comes to sedation and they can range from “Sleep dentistry” where the patient is put to sleep during treatment, to other options whereby the patient is conscious but sedated.
The sedation does not numb a patient. That is the task of anaesthetic and numbing agents used. Some patients can feel anxiety getting the anaesthetic shots. The task of sedation is to get the patients to a point where they aren’t bothered by the shots.
Please discuss with your dentist which option suits you best and do not hesitate to call us prior to your appointment if you’re feeling anxiety about treatment. A brief explanation of sedation options is listed below;
This is often called conscious sedation and involves taking a sedative that the dentist will prescribe to you. Usually 1 to 2 pills are taken 1 hr before the appointment. However, always follow the dentist’s instructions.
Those that have a high level of anxiety often benefit greatly from oral sedation. Although you are awake during the procedure, many patients do not remember much of what happened.
While this may be a good option, it doesn’t wear off as quickly as laughing gas, and you will need someone to drive you home after your appointment.
The scientific name of laughing gas is nitrous oxide. It is used to relax patients during procedures. You are awake when using laughing gas, it does not put you to sleep.
One of the benefits of laughing gas is that it wears off quickly after you stop breathing it. Because it is short lasting, you can often drive yourself home after the procedure.
The laughing gas is applied through a nose breathing apparatus and can take effect in under a minute.
IV Sedation / Sleep Dentistry
IV Sedation or Intra-Venous sedation is usually a last resort option reserved for patients where the anxiety level is high to the point of not proceeding with essential treatment because of fear. IV sedation puts the patient in a sleep like state during treatment.
When sedated using this method patients can still follow basic commands and breathe on their own. All our IV sedation is performed by qualified and experienced anaesthetists who ensure the patients vital signs are monitored during procedure.
This option has to be arranged in advance and only available after your consult with a dentist. This option is also referred to as sleep dentistry since you’re “Asleep” during the procedure.
Although IV sedation won’t put you completely under, you are likely to feel drowsy or out of it for some time after your visit. Have a friend or family member bring you to the dentist and, more importantly, drive you home afterward. It’s a good idea to avoid scheduling anything for the rest of the day so you can rest.
Do I need sedation?
Talk to your dentist if you have worries or concerns about an upcoming appointment or procedure. The need for sedation changes for every patient and the dentists can talk to you about the options that are available to you. Here at E Dental Perth, we want to make every patient as comfortable as possible.
What kind of sedation is right for me?
Our dentists can offer all options listed above. Please contact us should you require more information regarding the above-mentioned options.