For comfortable treatment
Some procedures can be performed by your dentist or clinician without sedation and only minimal discomfort. However, for more invasive procedures, or to help patients who are anxious, your dentist will discuss different levels of sedation as part of your treatment plan. The most frequently used pain relief is a local anaesthetic administered using a numbing gel, a fine needle and a light touch. For other treatments, different depths of conscious sedation are achieved either through the inhalation of gas or oral medication. If necessary, for the removal of wisdom teeth, for example, the patient is either deeply sedated or made temporarily unconscious with a general anaesthetic. Whichever medication is needed, it is carefully considered and administered.
Sedation helps by
- eliminating pain
- reducing stress
- enabling your dental practitioner to work easily
- ensuring you receive quality treatment in comfort
Considerations before and after sedation
People may react differently to pain relief and sedation. During pregnancy it is best to avoid all but essential dental treatments. If you take medication, have experienced any allergic reactions or have a medical condition, please be sure to inform your dentist. Usually the numbness of an injection or the effects of the administered medication will wear off in a few hours, but it is important to consider travel arrangements home after the treatment. Ask your dentist for advice about regular checks and preventative oral hygiene practices.