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Sedation Dentistry in Kellyville Ridge

Patient on laughing gasIf the thought of seeing a dentist every six months gives you chills, sedation dentistry may be the answer. Sedation dentistry uses a combination of methods, from nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” to general anaesthesia, to help calm a patient down during procedures or otherwise uncomfortable visits. For even the most severe dental anxieties, there is no longer a reason to avoid the dentist.

Sedation dentistry offered at our practice involves medication to help patients relax during dental procedures.

Sedation dentistry is also called “sleep dentistry”. Patients are normally awake except those who are under general anaesthesia.

Levels of Sedation

  • Minimal sedation – patient is awake but relaxed.
  • Moderate sedation – patient may mumble when speaking and not remember much after the procedure.
  • Deep sedation – patient is on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened.
  • General anaesthesia – patient is completely unconscious.

Types of Sedation

Nitrous oxide, also called “laughing gas”, is used to help patients relax during procedures. Patients are completely conscious while taking laughing gas, and because it’s gas, it wears off very quickly.

When you receive laughing gas, Dr Amrita Rana (Dentist) gives you a nose apparatus through which you breathe. The effect of the gas is mild, and you’ll start feeling the gas quickly, sometimes as soon as 30 seconds after you begin inhaling it. Some patients relax with nitrous oxide and do not require another dose or another type of sedation. Other patients require laughing gas on top of other sedatives.

Depending on the dosage given, the effect of oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. For minimal sedation, a pill is taken. The pill will make you feel drowsy, although you’ll still be conscious.

A larger dose may be taken to produce a moderate effect. This is the type of anaesthesia commonly linked with sedation dentistry.

Some people become groggy enough to fall asleep during the procedure. They usually can be awakened with a gentle nudge.

During intravenous (IV) sedation, anti-anxiety and anaesthesia medications are administered into your bloodstream. Within seconds, you are completely calm while being monitored for safety and comfort.

A local anaesthesia will also be used to ensure your complete comfort during the entire procedure. You will need a responsible adult to drive you to and from our office, and to stay with you for the rest of the day, to be safe.

You will receive additional directions during your sedation consultation, and it is important that you follow them all.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Sedation dentistry is a safe and efficient way to receive dental treatments. Before your treatment, your dentist will take time discuss the sedation option that is right for your needs.

Schedule Your Visit

Sedation dentistry is a great method to overcome anxiety or pain during your visits to the dentist. Don’t postpone your next visit because of anxiety; ask your dentist and schedule your next procedure with dental sedation.

Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

Sedation Dentistry in Kellyville Ridge NSW | (02) 8889 1588