At A Better Smile, we provide a solution for patients that might experience distress and dental anxiety. Throughout the years we have been able to provide patients who suffer from dental anxiety painless and peaceful dental procedures through Intravenous Sedation (IV Sedation).
What is IV Sedation?
As it name suggests, IV sedation is a type of anaesthesia that is administered through an injection into a patient's vein. The most common drugs used in IV sedation are Midazolam and Fentanyl. These sedatives allow the patient to respond to verbal commands; although limited. To ensure the safety of the procedure our team carefully monitored each patient.
Is IV sedation same as General anesthesia?
No. The ADA ( Australia Dental Association ) classify IV sedation as conscious sedation. The drugs involved in the procedure will help patients to relax and block pain. However, patients are not fully unconscious.
If you are interested in this service or have any questions regarding procedures and cost, give us a call on 94273366
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.
IS FASTING REQUIRED
Yes. Please do not eat for 6 hours before your scheduled appointment. If your appointment is in the morning, this means nothing to eat or drink from midnight the night before. If you have an afternoon appointment, it may be okay to have a small snack or meal beforehand, but you must finish it no less than 6 hours prior to your treatment. If in doubt, please do not eat.
Remember, if you are not properly fasted, your appointment may have to be rescheduled.
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.
WILL THERE BE SIDE EFFECTS FROM THE SEDATION DENTISTRY?
The only side effects reported are occasional mild drowsiness for 24 hours. A dry mouth is a common effect of the sedation, but it will pass.
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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