Sedation & General Anaesthetic
What is Sedation?
Sedation is a process used to establish a relaxed, easy and calm state through the use of sedative drugs. Sedation dentistry is used to provide a relaxing and anxiety-free experience for people receiving dental treatment. It enables individuals usually too afraid to go to the dentist to receive the dental care they need while avoiding the common apprehension known as dental phobia.
This phobia prevents people from receiving necessary routine dental care, potentially compromising the health and functionality of their mouth and smile.
In our practice sedation is administered by an anaesthetist intravenously (IV). The medications create such a comfortable experience that most patients do not remember the visit; it is as if they slept through the treatment.
One of the major benefits of sedation dentistry is that people often feel like their dental procedure lasts only a few minutes, when in fact it might have taken hours to perform. Therefore, complex dental procedures, multiple extractions or extensive rebuilding procedures that normally require multiple visits can often be performed in fewer appointments. Dental sedation is sometimes also called Sleep Dentistry, Conscious Sedation or Twilight Sedation.