Does the thought of dental treatment cause you to feel anxious or scared?
Sedation Dentistry or IV Sedation may be an appropriate alternative for patients who are nervous or apprehensive about dental procedures. With sedation dentistry, you can receive the treatment you need while you sit back and relax in a dream-like-state. After the procedure, you will feel refreshed and have no recollection of experiencing any pain. Best of all, you will probably only need one appointment to complete your treatment. So in just a few hours, you can start enjoying the confidence that comes with a bright new smile and good dental health.
Why choose IV Sedation?
One of the reasons we would suggest IV Sedation is that it is a very safe procedure. Sedation is only performed in dental surgeries by qualified professionals, and during sedation, our anaesthetist is always with you.
Is Sedation right for me?
Sedation has greatly reduced fear, pain and anxiety felt by our patients. You may be a candidate for sedation if you suffer from any of the following:
Limited time to complete dental work
Difficulty getting numb
Complex dental issues
Dental anxiety traumatic dental experiences
Dental phobias – Fear of needles
Difficulty controlling movement
Patients who suffer from acute or chronic jaw soreness
Patients who have a gag reflex
Patients with physical limitations, such as back or neck problems.
How is the procedure carried out?
During sedation, an anaesthetic is applied to the forearm or the back of your hand, and then a sedative and often an analgesic (painkiller) is administered into the vein. It is not like a normal intramuscular injection; the injection is virtually painless.
IV Sedation is a very safe procedure. Sedation performed in dental surgeries by qualified professionals has an excellent safety record. During sedation, our anaesthetist is always with you.
Your vital signs are monitored during your entire procedure, and you will never be left alone.
You are required not to eat or drink for at least one hour prior to the procedure. If you are currently on any medications, please inform us so that these can be noted.
What is the post-procedure process?
Following the sedation treatment, you will sleep lightly for a short time, and there will be numbness in your mouth where any local anaesthetic was injected. Due to the sedation effect of the medication, you will need someone to escort you home after treatment is completed.