Millions of people avoid the dentist. Some had traumatic experiences as children. Others suffered pain as adults. Still more were swayed by stereotypes in movies or parental horror stories. For others it’s simply a matter of time. No matter the reason, far too many of these individuals have simply stopped seeking routine dental care because they are too frightened.
Even when they are faced with such warning signs as pain in their mouths or gums they still stay away from the dentist, which may put their overall health at risk. If this sounds like you, we want to help. Whether you have been postponing a simple dental checkup, restorative care or a brand-new smile, now’s the time to help take care of yourself for a healthier future.
Oral sedation is prescribed for relieving anxiety in the hours immediately before a dental appointment. An anti-anxiety pill, prescribed by one of our dental professionals, is usually taken an hour before your appointment to ensure you are as comfortable as possible whilst undergoing treatment.
or relative analgesia Nitrous oxide is used during Inhalation Sedation for its anaesthetic and analgesic effects. It is known as “laughing gas” due to the euphoric effects after inhaling it. A mask is placed over your nose and the Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen mixture is regulated very precisely by the RA machine. The mixture can be constantly adjusted to meet your needs. You will be conscious and relaxed throughout the treatment but will find that you are unable to recall much about your treatment.
IV Sedation is a management technique that uses various medications to assist you cope with your fear and anxiety, and to cooperate whilst undergoing dental treatment. The medications are administered intravenously, and the procedure is usually carried out by a healthcare professional specifically trained in this technique.
The drugs used for IV sedation produce either partial or full amnesia for the duration of the treatment, and until it wears off. As a result, you will not recall much of what happened. Whilst the drugs relax you and make you forget about what is happening, you are fully awake and able to respond to commands or have a conversation. Local anaesthetic will still need to be administered. If you are needle phobic, you will not be anaesthetized until the IV sedation drugs have fully kicked in. It is usual practice to wait until the local anaesthetic has taken effect before commencing with any dental treatment.