Can Sedation help me?
Let’s face it, going to the dentist can be a nerve wracking experience for the best of us. So sedation can be an absolute lifeline for some of our nervous patients who would otherwise be too anxious to go through with the dental treatments they desperately need.
Conscious sedation is the administration of a medicine to help you relax and to help block pain. The effect makes you feel extremely relaxed and comfortable. It is not a general anaesthetic and you’ll be able to follow commands but may drift off to sleep, and that’s OK! Its completely reversible, and safe (we monitor you continuously throughout the procedure to make sure you’re OK).
Another brilliant side effect of sedation is that it takes your gag reflex away, great news for anyone who finds it hard to fight the urge to swallow when the dentist is working in your mouth.
It’s the perfect antidote to extreme nerves that would otherwise stop you from receiving the dental care you need. You’ll be in a completely relaxed state, without the often crippling, anxiety.
The medicine will wear off quickly so you can return to your everyday activities after your treatment.
You shouldn’t need help with your breathing but we may give you a little extra oxygen through a mask. You may fall asleep, but you will wake up easily to respond to people in the room. Afterwards you may feel drowsy and not remember much, if anything about your procedure.
You should be able to go home after your procedure as long as you have someone escorting you and with you for the next 24 hours.
And remember, no operating heavy machinery or spending on that credit card.
We’re lucky enough to have Jessica on our team who is experienced at providing intravenous sedation but conscious sedation can also be provided in tablet form.
So if the sight and sound of the dentist root you to the spot with nerves, make an appointment to meet the team at Complete Dentistry and let us put you at ease.