DENTAL SEDATION

Happy Gas
This is lightest type of sedation. There are several ways to sedate a patient that result in anxiolysis. At A Better Smile Dental Centres we use inhalation of nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas.

Nitrous oxide is a wonderful way to reduce a patient’s anxiety because it is administered under the supervision of the dentist and can be quickly reversed when it is time for you to leave. Nitrous oxideinduces a relaxed feeling and sends you into a dreamlike state.

Deep: IV sedation
Deep sedation is the state between conscious and unconscious. During deep sedation, the patient is unable to respond to commands. This is best done with IV sedation where the sedative is directly administered into your circulatory system.

Sleep sedation dentistry with IV sedationenables even the most anxious people to undergo dental treatment. During treatment you will not experience any pain or discomfort, and when you awake after the procedure you will have no memory of the treatment. To ensure your well-being, you should arrange for a companion to take you home.

WHO ADMINISTERS THE SEDATIVE?

At A Better Smile Dental Centre, Dr Joel Kligman and Dr Simon Briggs are IV Sedation certified. With 40 years of combined experience, both doctors are proficient in oral and IV sedation.

We also offer licensed medical anaesthetics for patients who require it or have any special needs.

CAN I TAKE MY MEDICATIONS?

Yes, you can take your usual medication at the time you would normally have them, even during the fasting period. In this case, you can drink a small sip of water to swallow your pills.

If you are diabetic, please contact us to properly discuss your options.

WILL I BE ASLEEP

Yes. In most cases, you will be in a state partway between conscious and unconscious, but you will be able to respond to commands.

WHAT I SHOULD WEAR?

Please wear comfortable clothing, remember that most dental treatments can take an hour or more. We recommend wearing short sleeves to allow a blood pressure cuff to be fitted to one of your upper arms.

Avoid one-piece outfits, sometimes an adhesive patch needs to be placed on the side of your rib cage under your blouse or shirt.

WHAT HAPPEN AFTER THE PROCEDURE?

After the procedure is finished you will have a brief recovery period after which you can go straight home. You must be accompanied home by a responsible adult.

Remember you cannot walk, drive, or take any type of public transport to get home. Neither, should you go to work or sign any legal documents. In most cases, you can resume your normal life the next day after the procedure.

If you have not made arrangements to be accompanied home, your procedure may need to be rescheduled.
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