Afraid of the dentist? Worried or even frightened about the possible discomfort of a procedure? Dental Sedation may be the answer.
Whilst we always strive to ensure every visit to CLDC will be calm and cause as little anxiety as possible, we understand that for some people, a visit to the dentist and the thought of procedures alone can be a source of distress and fear, or even a phobic response.
We want to be able to provide quality treatment outcomes for every patient, and for that reason, we have introduced the availability of Dental Sedation into our practice, to ensure each patient can proceed promptly with treatment without the associated fear, anxiety or dental phobia.
What type of Sedation is available?
Our practice has access to IV Conscious Sedation, an intravenous sedation method also known as “twilight” anaesthesia, provided by a specially trained practitioner. Dental sedation, also called ‘sleep dentistry’, removes the fear and anxiety during the treatment, and also provides analgesic relief from pain and discomfort. Patients will experience drowsiness and may even sleep lightly through the procedure. In most cases, you will have no memory of the treatment.
This sedation is provided at CLDC from within our surgery, so unlike going under ‘general anaesthetic’, there is no need to go into hospital for a procedure.
Who provides the Sedation?
Dental Sedation is provided by a member of the Australian Society of Anaesthesiology. Whilst the dentist completes the dental procedure is completed, a second highly trained dentist qualified with a postgraduate clinical dentistry degree in Conscious Sedation and Pain Control administers and monitors the sedation process for the duration of the procedure.
While you are relaxing through your procedure, the sedation provider will be kept busy monitoring vital functions, blood pressure, pulse, ECG and end tidal CO2.
Is it safe? Are there side effects?
Whilst it is rare to experience side effects from sedation, in some cases patients have reported slight nausea, drowsiness, swelling and bruising at the injection site.
Like all medical procedures, there is always a possible risk of complication and reaction to sedation drugs. All equipment and reversal drugs required in the very rare case of an emergency are on hand to manage any such scenario. This will be discussed with our sedation professional during consultation, in which the sedation provider can address any of your concerns.
Am I suitable for intravenous dental sedation?
Usually if you are aged between 12 – 70 and in good health, you should be a viable candidate for dental sedation. Your selection and suitability for sedation will need to be assessed and approved by our sedation provider prior to your treatment.
Which procedures can I be sedated for?
Usually the more invasive and lengthy procedures may merit from dental sedation. Treatments such as implants, advanced oral rehabilitation and oral surgery may find sedation highly beneficial to patient comfort and peace of mind.
What costs are involved?
Sedation is provided by a fully qualified professional during your treatment. As they provide an independent service in conjunction with CLDC, a billed consultation with the sedation provider is necessary to assess suitability. Sedation costs will vary depending on the length of your treatment and the number of hours requiring sedation. Facility fees and medication costs may also be applicable.
If you would like to know more about dental sedation, please contact us on (03) 9500 2084 and we can answer your questions. We can also provide the contact details of our sedation provider for more specific enquiries.