One of the most common fears among adults and children is going to the dentist. It causes stress and anxiety in a lot of people and results in delays in check-ups which also leads to further dental problems.
We recognise this fear and focus on creating a calm and gentle experience for you. Our initial examination and consultation will involve uncovering your dental problems and discuss the different solutions available for you and discuss the solution with you. We listen to your concerns and worries and can even offer methods to reduce your anxiety or fear. We also offer nitrous “laughing gas” sedation and IV sedation for the extra anxious patients. Talk to us to see which one suits you.
Learn more about the two types of sedation we offer to help reduce dental anxiety and control pain.
Nitrous Oxide: Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective technique for reducing fear and anxiety in patients. It is inhaled via a small nasal mask and is often referred to as “laughing gas”. You will remain awake and able to interact with the dentist. Nitrous oxide has the added benefit of reducing the gag reflex in patients who have sensitive palates. Before using nitrous oxide we recommend not eating anything 2 hours prior.
Light Oral Sedation: For those who are more anxious, we also offer light oral sedation which has a stronger effect than nitrous oxide. With our light oral sedation you will feel sleepy however will still have the ability to respond to the dentist. As the side effects of light oral sedation can leave you drowsy after, we require you to have someone available to pick you up.
*Minor side effects of oral sedation may include nausea or vomiting.
Questions About Sedation Dentistry
When administered by a trained dentist, sedation is incredibly safe. We will do a comprehensive review of your medical history and ask you questions to determine if you’re a good candidate. During your procedure, your vital signs will be constantly monitored.
With nitrous oxide, the effects dissipate shortly after the breathing mask is removed. Oral sedatives and IV or twilight sedation last upwards of a few hours after and wear off gradually.
With all types of sedation, you will feel calm, relaxed, and comfortable. The sedative may make you feel lethargic and perhaps a bit groggy. Stress and anxiety tend to be released and may come with a feeling of euphoria.
It allows patients with a phobia or fear of the dentist the ability to relax and get through their dental treatment procedure. Sedation ensures that your visit is comfortable, safe, and increases the chance that you’ll have the treatments you need for good oral health.
Most patients who get sedation experience no side effects. After the procedure, some patients may experience symptoms like drowsiness, slow reflexes, groggy, low blood pressure or even feel a bit nauseous. We recommend have someone else bring you to your appointment.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risk. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. This offer may change without notice.