Sedation Dentistry Croydon

Sedation Dentistry

If the thought of visiting the dental clinic makes you anxious, you can opt for sedation dentistry. At Smile Crew, our focus is on creating a relaxing and comfortable experience for our patients.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry makes use of a combination of medications to help patients relax during a dental procedure. The most commonly used sedation drugs include general anaesthesia, ‘laughing gas’ or nitrous oxide, and IV (intravenous) sedation.

Your dentist may recommend sedation dentistry if you:

  • are anxious, fearful or stressed about the dental procedure
  • have a very low pain threshold
  • are unable to sit still for the procedure
  • have extremely sensitive teeth and bad gag reflex
  • need extensive dental work

How is this procedure different from general anaesthesia?

Patients who are administered general anaesthesia experience loss of consciousness completely. This means that they will not hear, feel, or remember anything after they wake up. Dental surgeons use a mixture of agents to achieve the loss of consciousness. While general anaesthesia may be required for some complex procedures, it is rarely used in our practice.

“Conscious sedation” is when the patient is awake throughout the procedure but does not feel any pain or discomfort. In this type of sedation, you are conscious but feel relaxed and sleepy. While you are aware of all that is happening around you, you will not feel any pain or discomfort. Different levels of sedation can also be used depending on the type of procedure being performed and the patient’s level of anxiety. Mild sedation relaxes the patient while deep sedation takes you to the edge of consciousness from which you can be awakened.

Types of sedation we use at Smile Crew

In addition to any one of the following types of sedation, your dentist will also use a numbing medication or local aesthetic to relieve pain and discomfort.

  • Inhaled minimal sedation. In this type of sedation, you will inhale the ‘laughing gas’ or nitrous oxide through a mask placed on your nose. Your dentist controls the level of sedation you receive to provide maximum comfort. The effect of the gas wears off quickly and you will be able to drive back home post the procedure.
  • Oral sedation. Oral sedation involves taking a pill that helps relieve anxiety. While you remain awake through the procedure and are able to follow the instructions of the dentist, you will feel drowsy. Moderate oral sedation is typically used in sedation dentistry where the patient is groggy but can be awakened easily.
  • IV sedation. The sedative medication is given intravenously (into the vein) which means it gets to work quickly. The dentist continually adjusts the sedation to precise levels throughout the procedure. This type of sedation is considered as conscious sedation as per the Australia Dental Association. Commonly used medications for IV sedation include Fentanyl and Midazolam.
  • General anaesthesia and deep sedation. The medications used in deep sedation will make you totally unconscious or deeply asleep. It takes time after the procedure for the effect of the aesthetic to wear off.

Your safety is our top priority

Your dentist at Smile Crew will evaluate your oral health and overall health while listening to you carefully to understand your concerns and anxiety levels. Based on their evaluation, the dentist will prescribe the right type of sedation suitable for the procedure and your comfort level. Our expert dentist will also control the level of sedation to precise levels to achieve maximum comfort and safety.

Book an appointment today to maximise your oral health with zero pain and discomfort.