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Dental Sedation

Dental Sedation in Mebourne Brighton

Dental fear and anxiety are not only common in children but adults as well. Most adults, especially the Baby Boomers, had a traumatic experience with dental procedures during the old times wherein pain management is not fully developed. These patients might have intense fear with dentists and dental procedures where the usual numbing agent won’t be enough – this is when Dental Sedation becomes an option.

Over the years, Dentistry has evolved from pulling a tooth without using any anaesthesia to the use of dental sedation techniques such as an oral pill, nitrous oxide/laughing gas and IV Sedation. Dental Sedation, also called Sleep Dentistry or Conscious Sedation, is a medical procedure which involves the administration of sedative drugs to alleviate a patient’s anxiety and proceed smoothly with the treatment needed to be done.

We at Lifestyle Smiles, implement Conscious Dental Sedation wherein you can still respond to verbal commands and tactile stimulation. You will not be fully asleep, but you’re not fully awake either, you’ll be somewhere in between which is in an induced sleep-like state. When you “wake up” after a few hours, you usually don’t remember anything about the procedure.

Dental Sedation Is Ideal for You If You:

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Suffer intense anxiety just by visiting the dentist
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Have low pain threshold and fear of needles
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Have a strong gag reflex wherein you feel like vomiting whenever an object touches the roof of your mouth, back of your tongue, or the area around your tonsils
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Need to undergo complex or multiple treatments in one session such as multiple wisdom tooth removal
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Have a medical condition such as autism, ADHD, Parkinson’s disease

Types of Dental Sedation We Use in Lifestyle Smiles

Oral Sedation is a more conservative approach wherein you will take an anti-anxiety medication, similar to Valium, such as Lorazepam. The components of the pill will bind to your brain’s pain receptors and eventually tone it down in a sense that you’re fearless. We will have to prescribe you an oral pill to take it 60 minutes prior to your appointment. You’ll then experience a calming effect a few minutes after.

IV Sedation is another type of dental Sedation wherein a sedative (Propofol or Fentanyl) is directly injected into the bloodstream by an anesthesiologist. If you’re terrified with needles, your dentist can use Laughing Gas to giggle your fears away before injecting the sedative to your veins. During IV Sedation, you remain conscious and be able to respond to your dentist but feel a little groggy. Also, you won’t remember much after the procedure, and you may feel a little “drunk” afterwards.

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Dental Sedation in Lifestyle Smiles

What to Expect

 
Prior to appointment, you must prepare yourself or your child for dental Sedation. The dentist might require you not to eat or drink before Sedation, depending on what type, as it can impose complications during the procedure like vomiting. Dress comfortably and use loose-fitting clothing to allow dental assistants to attach apparatuses that will monitor your vital statistics during the procedure.

During IV Sedation, we will ensure the patient’s safety by closely monitoring the patient’s blood oxygen level, blood pressure, temperature, and heart rate. There are three different stages of conscious Sedation which will vary depending on what the dentist think suits you:

Minimal Stage (Anxiolysis) wherein you’re relaxed but fully aware and responsive.
Moderate Stage is when you’re sleepy and may lose consciousness, but still somewhat responsive.
Deep Stage is when you’ll fully fall asleep and unresponsive.

After Sedation, parents are usually asked to be present when their child wakes up after sedation as they may be feeling confused or nauseous afterwards. Children and adults should have a companion to drive them home as patients who underwent Sedation are not allowed to drive.

How Does Conscious Sedation Feel?

 
The effects of Sedation differ from one person to another. Generally, you might feel drowsy and sleepy. And once the sedative takes effect, you’ll start to feel less anxious, calm, and relaxed. You may also feel a tingling sensation in your hands, arms, legs, and toes, which makes you feel like it’s hard to lift or move your limbs.

In cases of IV sedation, you will be in an induced sleep-like state wherein you can still hear some of what the dentist is saying and respond to it but too sleepy to open your eyes or move.

Side Effects of Dental Sedation

Dental Sedation is generally safe, although you might experience some side effects that may last for a few hours after the procedure such as:

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a feeling of sluggishness or tired
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loss of memory of what happened during the procedure
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headache
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low blood pressure
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drowsiness

Dental Sedation Recovery

 
Recovery is pretty quick, and the side effects will last for only a couple of hours (if any). After IV Sedation, you may need to stay in the operating room or recovery room for an hour or more to closely monitor your breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure until it comes back to normal values. Bring a family member or a friend to accompany you going home or drive for you as you will not be allowed to drive in most cases. Take a day off work and avoid doing strenuous activities to recover quickly.

In Nitrous Oxide sedation, the dentist may allow you to drive or go home by yourself since the gas will be eliminated from the body within 3-6 minutes.

Cost of Dental Sedation

 
Cost of Dental Sedation in Brighton, Melbourne varies depending on the type of dental Sedation (Oral Pill, Nitrous Oxide, IV Sedation, or a combination), the dental procedure you’ll undergo, sedative drugs to use (brand, dosage), and how long you’ll be sedated.

We at Lifestyle Smiles practise gentle dentistry to make you feel comfortable in every procedure you’ll undergo. We reserve doing Dental Sedation to patients that will undergo complex dental procedures and those with severe dental anxiety. Call us or fill in our enquiry form below and book an appointment with us to further discuss which anxiety management best suits your needs!

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