What is it?
Sedation involves the use of a sedative agent to help maintain a calm, restful state during treatment. It is a restful procedure, but you're still conscious and able to respond to voice prompts. However many patients have no recollection of the treatment they undergo.
We offer three types of sedation to help patients feel more comfortable, in addition, local anaesthetic is also used.
Most sedation options are only available at our specialist practices, please check with your practice ahead of time on which sedation options they have available to you.
Inhalation sedation involves breathing in nitrous oxide gas to decrease pain sensitivity. It’s commonly known as ‘laughing gas’ or ‘happy gas’ to reduce anxiety.
- Patients are conscious and able to co-operate during the procedure
- The effects wear off very quickly after treatment
- There are rarely any aftereffects
Oral sedation is a sedative that is administered in a tablet or liquid form. It’s usually taken an hour before your appointment at the surgery.
- Lasts 2 to 6 hours
- Patients usually have little memory of the treatment once completed
- For safety reasons, patients must have somebody collect them and take them home after their appointment
Intravenous, or IV sedation, involves a small injection of a sedative into your arm. Soon after the injection you will start to feel drowsy but very relaxed.
- The level of sedation is more predictable than oral sedation
- Patients will remain conscious throughout the treatment but have reduced anxiety and usually have little memory of their treatment
- For safety reasons, patients must have someone to collect them and take them home after their appointment