Our gentle and compassionate team are very experienced in assisting people who may have had previous bad experiences and fear the dentist and/or having treatment done.
We take pride in giving these patients a positive and enjoyable experience whilst restoring their dental health. We have a number of techniques available which are perfect for those who fear dental procedures and needles, have difficulty with their gag reflex, have very sensitive teeth or suffer difficulty becoming numb from oral injections. We will listen to your concerns so please discuss any issues or anxieties you may have.
Happy gas is a mixture of Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen and has no colour, very little smell and doesn’t irritate oral tissues. Nitrogen and Oxygen are both gases found in our natural atmosphere (Nitrogen 60% Oxygen 30%). It is a common sedation technique and is preferable as patients recover quickly and may leave the dental office alone and immediately resume their daily activities. It is particularly suitable for children and shorter procedures and is easily administered through a small mask that sits over the patient’s nose. It is safe, works rapidly and has minimal if any side effects.
With Intravenous Sedation a combination of sedative and pain relieving drugs are administered intravenously and used to create a dream-like state of deep, calm relaxation. Fully trained and accredited practitioners attend our practice and monitor your wellbeing during the administration of the sedatives. Almost all of our patients have little or no memory of their time in the treatment room and are very surprised as to how quickly the procedure seems to come to an end.
As well as relieving anxiety, Intravenous sedation offers other benefits:
- Enables busy people to have multiple or complex procedures in one single session;
- Can relieve the boredom of long and complex sessions;
- Can allow invasive procedures such as wisdom teeth extraction to be carried out comfortably with negligible stress or anxiety;
Patients who have undergone Intravenous sedation must have someone escort them when leaving our office to return home. The sedative effects of the medication can last up to 24 hours so patients will need to relax for the rest of the day after their dental procedure and must be sure not to drive or operate machinery. To download our list of sedation instructions click here.
Another option for patients is general anaesthesia which is commonly used for long or more complex surgical procedures, extremely apprehensive phobic patients and in particular for wisdom teeth extraction or other oral surgery. It is administered by either gas or injection while undergoing treatment in hospital. The patient is asleep, that is unconscious during general anaesthesia and therefore has absolutely no awareness of any treatment performed. Recovery is slightly longer following a general anaesthetic however it is still an excellent option for many and offers similar benefits as Intravenous sedation.