IV Sedation and General Anaesthesia

There are many reason why you may want to be sedated for a dental procedure such as:

  • severe anxiety causing difficulty coping with dental treatment, or
  • Strong gag reflex, or
  • Undergoing long or uncomfortable procedures, including extractions or implant surgery.

If you have a severe phobia or would like to be sedated, there are several options for you.

  • Sedation via prescription medication
  • IV (intravenous) sedation
  • General anaesthesia

Prescription Medication

Mild to moderate anxious patients may be treated with a prescribed sedative. A carer will still  be required to bring you to the surgery and take you home afterwards. You can still communicate and function as usual but may feel a little “groggy”.

IV Sedation

Dental intravenous sedation (conscious, twilight or moderate sedation) is a technique involving placing a drip and giving medications intravenously to assist in dental procedures.

During intravenous sedation you are in a dreamlike state, where, while aware of what is going on around you, you are very relaxed and comfortable, and not concerned about anything.

You will continue to breathe for yourself and be able to cooperate with instructions, move and let us know if you are uncomfortable or in any pain. Your level of consciousness, breathing, pulse, blood pressure and heart rhythm are closely monitored and recorded during the procedure.

Due to the sedative/hypnotic (sleep inducing) and amnesic (memory blocking) effects of the medication, you may not remember the procedure and feel as if you drifted off to sleep.

General Anaesthesia

Treatment under general anaesthesia involves being “knocked out” for the duration of the procedure with no recollection of anything while under general anaesthesia.

General anaesthetic is typically considered if IV sedation is not a viable option or specifically requested by the patient.

Treatments under general anaesthetic is performed in a day surgery and not on site at the Healthy Smile Centre.

Contact us today to make an appointment.