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Conscious Sedation in form of Inhalation Conscious Sedation anxiety prior to each dental visit.

holisticAdvantages or Dental Inhalation Sedation:

  • Works well for mild to moderate anxiety
  • Rapid Onset
  • Flexible duration can be used for any appointment length
  • Absolute Control. It is easy to quickly control the
  • level of sedation which may be altered moment to moment.
  • People recover quickly
  • Very few side effects
  • There is an analgesic effect
  • You can drive yourself to and from your dental appointment
  • You can return to normal activities immediately

Disadvantages of Dental Inhalation Sedation:

  • Severe anxiety may require a deeper level of sedation
  • Not indicated for people who have respiratory problems (Asthma and Emphysema)
  • Claustrophobic patients do not like anything covering their nose
  • The safety features of the machine insure a patient receives no less than 30% Oxygen mixed with Nitrous Oxide. Usually the patient receives 50 to 70% Oxygen.

The ability to anaesthetize, or “numb”, areas of the mouth is of great benefit to patients who would otherwise experience unpleasant sensations during some types of dental treatment. In dentistry, the term “local anaesthesia” refers to a procedure where a “local anaesthetic”, which is a drug which numbs a small area of tissue, is delivered to block sensations from an area of the mouth. The original local anaesthetic (LA) in the 1800’s was cocaine, followed by procaine (which goes by the trade name of Novocaine), and eventually by lidocaine, which is still the main LA in use today.

Some dental and cosmetic procedures are more invasive than others and some patients feel quite nervous at the thought of receiving treatment. For this reason, we offer Intravenous (IV) Sedation to help you through dental procedures free of pain and anxiety.We also have qualified staff that understand dental phobia and can talk you through the procedures and what to expect at every stage of treatment. Here is some information that will help you understand the IV Sedation process.

IV Sedation Process

Clients receiving invasive dental treatments, like dental implants or wisdom tooth removal, may benefit from IV Sedation for greater relaxation before, during and after treatment. Before the dental treatment starts, the IV Sedation dentist will insert an IV to reduce your anxiety.

You will immediately start to feel deeply calm and untroubled by the dental procedure taking place. Once the dental treatment is complete, your dentist will then provide you with a medication that gently takes you out of the sedative experience.

Conscious Sedation is defined as a minimally depressed level of consciousness that retains the patient’s ability to independently and continuously maintain an airway and respond appropriately to physical stimulation and verbal command and that is produced by pharmacological or nonpharmacologic method or combination thereof.Sedation Dentistry, sometimes called Relaxation Dentistry, refers to the way dentist’s manage Pain and Anxiety during dental appointments.Unlike General Anesthesia where a patient is completely unconscious, asleep, and unable to respond, patients under Conscious Sedation, are able to respond to commands and breath on their own. Inhalation Conscious Sedation, Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Sedation also known as “laughing gas”. This is the most frequently used sedation method used in dentistry. All bodily functions remain normal and the person is able to breathe on their own. The patient will often fall asleep and experience some degree of amnesia about what happened during their dental appointment. Inhalation Sedation has been used my dentists for many years.

Sedation dentistry therefore refers to the way dentists manage pain and anxiety during dental appointments.

There are three primary ways that sedation drugs can be administered:

  • IV Sedation
  • Oral administration
  • Inhalation Conscious Sedation

General Anaesthesia refers to being “put to sleep”. During GA, you are unconscious.GA can be useful or even indicated for certain situations.

  • Conscious IV sedation works for about 97% of extremely anxious people. But there will always be a few people for whom it doesn’t work, either because you find it impossible to cooperate even when sedated and/or because you have a very high tolerance to the drugs used for IV sedation. This appears to be more common if you’ve been taking similar drugs long-term for other mental health conditions. In this case, GA may be the best option.
  • For short or longer potentially traumatic procedures, such as the removal of wisdom teeth which are completely covered in bone, or certain other types of oral surgery. While there may be alternatives like multiple shorter appointments, in some cases GA may be preferable. If it’s extractions that really terrify you, it may be possible to be put to sleep for the extractions andthen have fillings etc. done under conscious sedation with local anaesthetic.