Inhaled through a small mask placed over the nose, nitrous oxide and oxygen (laughing gas) combine to make you feel calm and relaxed throughout your treatment and possibly a little light-headed. It’s not intended to send you asleep and you will be able to hear and answer any questions your dentist puts to you. The effects wear off soon after the mask is removed.
This is a technique where the patient receives a mild dose of general anaesthesia through an intravenous (IV) placed into a vein in their hand or arm. It won’t render them unconscious, but they will be sedated.
It’s used in conjunction with a local anaesthetic to provide pain relief to maximise a patient’s comfort and to enable the dentist to work without any interruptions.
This type of procedure is also referred to as ‘twilight dentistry’. Patients will feel drowsy and, depending on the duration of the treatment and the amount of anaesthesia used, often won’t remember anything at all.
The effects of IV sedation can take at least an hour to wear off, so you will be asked to bring a friend with you to help get you home safely.
When you opt for sedation dentistry, you can be assured that they are monitored throughout their treatment by our experienced staff.