Consicous sedation is very useful for highly anxious patients and it can be done in two ways.
Dental Nitrous Oxide (Gas) Sedation
You breathe Nitrous Oxide – otherwise known as “laughing gas”, this is combined with oxygen through a mask that’s placed over your nose. The gas helps you relax. Your dentist can control the amount of sedation you receive, and the gas tends to wear off quickly. This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure. This form of sedation is particularly useful in children who are anxious and will not be able to cooperate.
2. Intravenous Sedation
Intravenous sedation is a well established technique which has been used in Dentistry for many years. You receive the sedative drug through a vein, so it goes to work more quickly. This method allows the dentist to continually adjust the level of sedation.
Sedation is usually used for minor oral surgery procedures such as wisdom tooth surgery, dental implant surgery and All on 4 surgery. Sometimes nervous patients tend to ask for this when they are undergoing more complex dental treatment. IV Sedation is suitable for most healthy patients.
Intravenous sedation is done at our Azure Dental by specialist anaesthetists, who support our nervous or anxious patients. This is a routine service at Azure Dental so we are all well trained to handle you for your comfort and well being.
You will be asked to fast for 6 hour prior to surgery and arrive half an hour before your appointment. A numbing gel will be used on your hand before an intravenous cannula (drip) will be placed.
All other procedures and injections are done only after our patients are semi-asleep. Hence, our patients are very comfortable throughout the procedure. When the surgery or treatment is complete, the sedation medication will be stopped and you will wake up thereafter shortly. We tend to reserve the dental room for our patients to rest as necessary. You will need to bring in a responsible adult to take you back home in private transport afterwards.