Fear of pain, complex dental problems, extremely sensitive teeth, or a traumatic dental history are all major reasons why some patients avoid visiting their dentist.
At Sydney CBD Dental, we understand these concerns and offer pain-relief and sedation dentistry options to help make our procedures comfortable for even the most anxious patients. This ensures that all our clients stay up to date with their dental assessments and receive the care they need to maintain optimal oral health.
Oral sedation is an affordable and non-invasive method of providing dental patients a treatment process that is both comfortable and safe. It involves the use of sleep inducing medications – both short and long acting types – that are administered before or during the dental treatment. Compared to over-the-counter sedatives or sleeping pills, these professionally-dispensed medications tend to be more potent and provide a significant level of amnaesia.
Given the oral sedation method is able to induce moderate to heavy sedation for most patients, your dentist will advise you to bring a responsible adult along to the clinic when a sedation protocol is expected during the appointment. You will also be required to rest and advised not to operate machinery – including a car – in the hours following sedation. Most patients will not have any recollection of the tasks they perform when they have been sedated.
The sedation protocol involves the dentist either prescribing a pill or liquid to be taken orally, usually about an hour prior to the procedure. While the medication can have an amnaesic effect – besides making you feel drowsy and relaxed – you will not be totally unconscious. In fact, you can still converse with the dentist and follow simple instructions throughout the procedure.
Oral sedation has helped many people with dental anxiety to correct dental problems that have been accumulated over the years. Depending on the recommendation of your dentist, it is possible to undergo different procedures while the sedation is taking effect, so that you don’t have to make multiple trips to the dentist while enjoying a comfortable, multi-treatment process. The oral sedation method is generally preferred as an inexpensive and non-invasive treatment option, particularly for those who have a fear of needles.
Administered by a registered medical practitioner at Sydney CBD Dental, IV Sedation is a safe and clinically proven anaesthetic protocol. It has become standard practice for patients who undergo extensive treatment – i.e. multiple root canal, minor oral surgery, etc.
The registered medical practitioner can continually adjust the sedation levels to suit your specific requirements. The ability to change the dosage of sedation as needed greatly reduces, if not completely eliminates, gagging problems.
IV sedation involves the administration of medicine directly into the patient’s bloodstream via an injection. It has emerged as a moderate form of sedation dentistry that caters to patients who experience dental anxiety. Unlike oral sedation that needs to be taken an hour before the procedure, the effects of intravenous sedation are almost immediate. The anti-anxiety medication will make you feel very groggy and relaxed but conscious enough to understand and respond to your dentist.
The fee attributed to IV sedation administered by our registered medical practitioner may be applicable for a rebate from Medicare.
Another great advantage of IV sedation, as opposed to general anaesthesia, is that it allows the patient to remain conscious during the treatment without the fear and anxiety. Affectionately nicknamed “Sleep Twilight Dentistry”, the procedure allows for important dentist-patient interaction during the treatment, which is beneficial for both the treatment process and outcome.
As a self-administered inhalant, penthrox is a sedative that you can control the easy any anxiety and pain caused by dental treatment. Although penthrox does not eliminate all pain it can substantially reduce its effects.
It's a normal feeling for children and adults to feel anxious and nervous when they attend a dental appointment, but our practice aims at making you feel comfortable and at ease before, during and after your dental treatment. If you have feelings of stress or pain, you can use a strong pain reliever called Penthrox for immediate relief.
Penthrox is a tool that you can administer yourself with an inhaler whenever you feel anxiety or pain. For over thirty years Penthrox has been a popular pain reliever in Australia, and because it is self-administered (under supervision) it can offer a greater sense of confidence and security.
The Penthrox inhaler simply uses a 3 millilitre vial of methoxylurane, which can be used just like any other inhaler, with the dose providing around thirty minutes of pain relief. You can increase the effect just by inhaling deeper through the Penthrox inhaler.
The inhaler is so easy to use, that children as young as five years old often use it. The maximum dose is six millilitres in a 24 hour period. If you are interested in using Penthrox to calm your dental treatment nerves, speak to your dentist at your appointment at Sydney CBD Dental.
To find out more about our Sedation Dentistry services, please contact Sydney CBD Dental at (02) 9232 3900.