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.
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:
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.
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.
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.