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Explore the Benefits of Intravenous Sedation

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Dr. Jeffrey Field, DDS HBSc

Is fear holding you back from getting the dental treatment you know you need? If so I can help. My name is Dr. Jeffrey Field and I have been providing dental sedation for 27 years.

Sedation will allow you have complicated and/or long dental treatments, as well as dental surgical procedures performed, while you drift in a dreamlike state. For most patients it will seem that no time has passed while your dental work has been completed.

Many patients ask how sedation differs from general anesthesia. Experientially for most patients there is little difference in that in both you have an intravenous line placed, through which medications are administered and you are sedated/become sleepy and the procedure is completed, often with you having no memory of the procedure.

The difference in fact is more technical.

With general anesthesia you are given larger doses of some of the same medications that are used in sedation as well as additional medications (general anesthetic gases and paralyzing agents) not used in sedation. You become deeply unconscious to a level that your breathing must be maintained by a machine. The additional medications used for in general anesthesia are the major causes of post-operative nausea and vomiting and have been associated with serious allergic reactions. Happily, none of the additional medications are used in sedation.

Finally, but less importantly patients having general anesthesia must arrive hours prior to their procedure and stay for usually several hours afterwards.

Sedation, in contrast has you drifting in a dreamlike state where you breathe on your own and your protective airway reflexes are intact. As such, you do not need to be intubated and breathe on your own. Sedation uses no general anesthetic gases or paralyzing agents and so post-operative nausea and vomiting are usually not an issue. As well, serious allergic reactions are far less common with sedation than with general anesthesia.

Sedation is a safer alternative for most dental procedures. This is not to imply that general anesthetics in trained hands are not safe, it is just they are not necessary for most dental procedures.

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With sedation you arrive 15 minutes prior to your procedure and go home about an hour afterwards.

If you feel intravenous sedation can be of benefit to you. Please call or send a website enquiry for a no obligation consultation with Dr. Jeff.

If you have any questions that you’d like to personally direct to Dr Jeff, please don’t hesitate to email: drjeff@lifestylesmiles.com.au

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