Intravenous Sedation (Sleep Dentistry) in Gosford

What is Intravenous Sedation?

Intravenous sedation in dentistry is a modern technique of sedation that takes the fear out of dentistry and makes dental treatment a more pleasant experience. It also enables more dentistry to be done per session, thus saving the patient’s time. This service is Medicare rebatable. Please contact the office to discuss your needs.

Who Can Have Sedation?

Dental sedation is suitable for most people. However, if you are taking any medication or tablets, or you are not in good health, you should tell your dentist so he or she can modify the amount of sedation to suits your needs. Prior to your treatment, you will be asked to fill in a medical history form. Please do this thoroughly. If you do not understand any question, please discuss it with the dentist.

How Will Sedation Help Me?

During sedation, you become relaxed and drowsy and the dental treatment can be carried out painlessly. Intravenous sedation is available for any dental procedure. However, your dentist may recommend sedation in certain circumstances (for example, during extensive dental treatments, difficult procedures or for anxious patients).

How is It Done?

The technique involves the injection of small amounts of sedative into a vein in the arm. The injection is painless, and the sedative quickly takes effect. Local anaesthetic injections are often necessary, but these will not cause any discomfort. Due to the amnesia (forgetfulness) produced by the sedative agents, it will seem as though you have been asleep for most of the treatment. 

However, you have merely been sedated — not unconscious in the way you would be under general anaesthesia. Upon completion of the treatment, you rest for a short while before being escorted home. While you may feel quite alert after the treatment, the sedative agents are not completely eliminated from your body for some hours afterwards, thus eliciting the need for an escort home.
Your dentist will provide you with detailed pre- and post-operative instructions. Please have full regard for these instructions. Intravenous sedation is a very pleasant way of enabling dental treatment to be carried out. Your dentist will be pleased to explain it to you.

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