What is it?
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.
- Patients are conscious and able to co-operate during the procedure
- The effects wear off very quickly after treatment
- There are no after effects
Oral sedation is a sedative that is administered in a tablet or liquid form. It’s usually taken an hour before your appointment.
- 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 much easier to control than other types
- Patients will remain conscious throughout the treatment but usually have little memory of the treatment
- For safety reasons, patients must have someone to collect them and take them home after their appointment