Sometimes the thought of stepping foot into a dental practice to deal with the urgency of a toothache can make your entire body tense with fear. For those who avoid dentists, sedation dentistry may relieve some of this anxiety.
Sedation, or sleep dentistry, makes treatment possible for patients who have avoided the dentist due to anxiety. Sedation dentistry also makes it possible for patients who have difficulty getting numb to enjoy the full effects of anaesthetic. It also relaxes an overly active gag reflex.
Sedation can be used for any dental treatment, from complex dental procedures to simple tooth cleaning.
What Is Sleep Dentistry?
Sleep dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during their dental procedures. A full medical evaluation will be necessary for higher levels of sedation to rule out any complications or interactions.
Minimal sedation – You will remain conscious, but completely relaxed.
Moderate sedation – Conscious sedation allows you to respond to the clinical staff, but you will not have a clear memory of your treatment.
Deep sedation – You are on the edge of consciousness, but can still be awakened.
General anaesthesia – The medication is administered through an IV, and you are completely unconscious during your entire procedure.
We use the following types of sedation at CDK Dental:
Minimal Inhaled Sedation
- This is nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas.
- The gas is inhaled through a mask placed over your nose and helps you to relax. The amount of sedation is controlled by Dr Chris Karikios, allowing the gas to wear off quickly once he ceases administration.
- This form of sedation enables patients to drive home safely following the dental procedure and is safe for most patients.
Oral sedation can be customised to achieve the level of sedation that will work best for each patient’s individual needs. Oral sedation relaxes you and alleviates anxiety, although you are still awake. Oral sedation relies on a prescription and is usually taken one hour prior to your procedure.
IV Moderate Sedation
- We have a qualified anaesthetist at our dental practice.
- Sedatives are received through a vein from an IV drip to enable the drug to work more quickly and last throughout your procedure.
- This method allows the level of sedation to be continually adjusted to ensure patient comfort.
- Our qualified anaesthetist will administer all sedation medications.
- You will either be almost unconscious or completely unconscious (deeply asleep) during your dental procedure.
- While you are under sedation, you cannot be easily awakened until the effects of the anaesthesia have worn off or are reversed by medication.
For all types of oral and IV sedation, you will need someone to drive you home from your dental appointment.
Regardless of which type of sedation is used, a local anaesthetic will still be administered to relieve pain if the procedure could cause any discomfort.
We Welcome You to Contact Our Sydney Dental Clinic
If you feel sedation dentistry will make your treatment more comfortable, we welcome you to contact us to arrange a consultation with Dr Chris Karikios.