It’s common to feel a little anxious about visiting the dentist. Fortunately there are different ways that our dentists can make you feel more comfortable during treatment. One of the most useful ways to relax you during dental treatments is with sedation. Patients usually choose sedation for very complex dental treatments or surgery, including wisdom tooth removal or dental implants.
Sedation involves the use of anaesthesia to put you into a calm, restful state. It is similar to sleep, but you are still conscious.
We offer three types of sedation to help patients feel more comfortable.
Inhalation sedation involves breathing in nitrous oxide gas to decrease pain sensitivity. It’s commonly known as ‘laughing gas’ or ‘happy gas’ to decrease pain sensitivity.
Oral sedation is a sedative that is administered in a tablet or liquid form. It’s usually taken an hour before your 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.
Most dentists offer sedation for nervous or anxious patients. If you are feeling nervous about getting dental treatment done, speak to your dentist about the sedation options available to you.
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