What is sedation dentistry?

What is sedation dentistry?

Are you afraid of going to the dentist? Well the friendly team at Access Dental Care understands that many patients suffer from dental anxiety, that prevents many from visiting the dentist.

This is why we offer the option of sedation or anaesthetic dentistry for all patients.

The aim is to take your mind off the dental procedure and allow you to feel comfortable, happy and calm while in the dental chair.

At Access Dental Care we have many options available, including:

Oral conscious sedation

This is an oral sedative, which is taken under instruction of the dentist. This sedative technique does not reduce pain, but it allows you to relax and feel drowsy.

Generally, this sedation can also be taken before having a local anaesthetic. You will need someone to drive you to and from your dental appointment.

Local anaesthetic

This sedative works to numb only the area being treated, hence the name “local”. A numbing gel will be applied to the area prior to having the injection. Under local anaesthetic, you will not feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure.

General anaesthetic

Used for oral surgery, this sedation will put you to sleep for the procedure. This means you will not remember the procedure at all, and you will feel drowsy following waking up.

Someone will have to drive you home from the dentist.

How does sedation dentistry work?

Sedation dentistry works to help patients remain calm and comfortable throughout their dental procedures.

The general purpose is for patients who are afraid of the dentist and have anxiety when visiting the dentist; or for oral surgery when a general anaesthetic is needed to put the patient to sleep.

Benefits of sedation dentistry?

There are many benefits of sedation dentistry, especially for patients who are afraid of dental procedures, including:

  • Anxiety relief for nervous patients
  • Allows the dentistry to operate without interruption
  • Reducing the gag reflex
  • Pain and discomfort relief
  • Nervous patients may not remember the procedure
  • Suppresses the sound of drills and other dental equipment

Is sedation dentistry dangerous?

Sedation dentistry comes with potential side-effects including the following:

  • Drowsiness
  • Slowed reflexes
  • Heaviness and sluggish feelings
  • Loss of memory throughout the dental procedure
  • Headaches
  • Sickness

It’s important to note that any procedure requiring general anaesthetic comes with risks. For more information, please contact the team at Access Dental Care.

Can I eat before sedation dentistry?

It’s important to fast for approximately 6 hours prior to undergoing anaesthetic and avoid water for at least 2 hours prior to anaesthetic. For other forms, such as laughing gas, you must also fast for a couple of hours prior to your dental procedure.

Contact Access Dental Care in Perth

We offer many forms of sedation dentistry to cater for patients of all levels of dental anxiety of patients undergoing an oral surgery.

Interested in being sedated while undergoing your dental treatment, then please call the friendly team at Access Dental Care on (08) 9485 0600 or click here.

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