Are you nervous about an upcoming dental procedure?
At Gentle Dental Hawthorn, we’re here to put those fears to rest. We offer premium sedation services, including IV Sedation and general anaesthesia, designed to make your visit as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
Experience dental care that prioritises your comfort every step of the way.
Dental procedures ranging from cleanings to more complex surgeries can be safely performed under sedation.
Nitrous oxide is the most common type of sedation used for routine dental treatments, while deep sedation is used for complex treatments and sleep dentistry for people with sleep disorders. Mild sedation can be used to reduce reaction time, and minimal sedation is used to help keep the patient relaxed but still awake.
Sedation can help ensure a safe and successful outcome of dental treatments.
When properly administered by qualified professionals, sedation is generally considered safe for all ages, including children and older individuals. Even those with mild heart failure can benefit from sedation, which can help them relax during dental visits. Clinical studies have shown that sedation can also help reduce the risk of an angina attack.
Patients should consult a dental professional to determine if they are suitable for sedation. Good candidates for dental sedation typically suffer from dental anxiety or phobia, have a low pain threshold, difficulty staying still in the dentist’s chair, or need a lot of dental work. Those with certain medical conditions or on specific medications may also be suitable if they have consulted their trusted doctors before proceeding to a dental procedure.
Our dental professionals can help you determine if sedation is a safe and viable option for you.
Before undergoing sedation dentistry, it is important to make sure that all necessary preparation is taken, such as providing a full medical history and fasting for a certain period of time.
Generally, patients should be in good health and may need to fast (not eat or drink) for a certain number of hours before the procedure. Patients may also need to arrange for someone to drive them home post-procedure.
Although sedation can lead to a state of deep relaxation, many people undergoing IV sedation will still remain conscious during the procedure, albeit with little to no memory of it.
This is because IV sedation is designed to put the patient into a semi-conscious state, where they can respond to simple instructions while still being largely unaware of the activities taking place.
The effects of sedation may last for several hours, depending on the type of sedative used and the individual’s response to it. Taking the day off from work and other activities is recommended to ensure the effects have worn off completely. Additionally, individuals should not drive or operate machinery during this time.
To ensure safety and proper care, here are some tips to keep in mind: