IV (Intravenous) Sedation

Intravenous Conscious Sedation (aka “IV sedation”) is when a drug, usually of the anti- anxiety variety, is administered into the blood system during dental treatment.

If you have a fear of dentists or of dental treatment sedation is definitely an option available for you. It enables dental treatment to be carried out whilst you are relaxed and makes your visit much more pleasant. It is commonly used on patients who have a fear or phobia of dental treatment. This fear can be for a number of reasons including:

  • Fear of pain
  • Extremely sensitive teeth
  • History of traumatic dental experiences
  • Complex dental problems

The underlying issue is that whatever phobia patients may have, they will often choose to neglect dental treatment because of this phobia and thus create more damage to the teeth. Sedation not only helps the patient but also greatly assists the dentists as they are able to carry out the procedure with greater cooperation from a relaxed patient.

At Refresh Smiles Dental we have engaged an Anaesthetist to provide IV sedation for patients seeking out this service. Our Dentist will only be providing dental treatment as per treatment plan.

Inhalation Sedation (Happy Gas) for Dental Procedures

Inhalation Sedation is a gas, commonly known as ‘happy gas’ or ‘laughing gas’. Giving inhalation sedation is a way to help reduce an individual’s pain and anxiety during dental treatment. Individuals will breathe the gas through a small nosepiece that sits on their nose. Recovery occurs very quickly after the effects of the gas and oxygen levels are returned back to normal.

What to expect

Inhalation sedation is done in the dental chair. Individuals will breathe the sedation gas through a small nosepiece that sits on their nose. It does not cover their mouth.

  • The Inhalation Gas makes individuals feel sleepy and relaxed.
  • Patients will still be aware of what is happening around them but will feel more relaxed, dreamy and floaty, warm, have tingling in their hands and feet and may be a bit forgetful. They may not be able to remember the procedure.
  • While giving the Happy Gas, staff will monitor patient’s level of sedation to ensure that they can still cooperate and hold their mouth open.
  • Dental treatment will be done in the usual manner. Local anaesthesia may also be used and can be given when the patient is sedated.

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IV Sedation is carried out by a specialist in the dental practice.
Please call us to find out more about IV Sedation on (07) 3488 2079.
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