Dentistry while you snooze!
Your comfort and experience with Sanctuary Dental is paramount. You may just need some reassurance, however we understand that many people suffer from fear and anxiety when visiting the dentist. If you do, consider “sleep dentistry” or IV sedation.
IV (Intravenous) Sedation
Intravenous Sedation is a technique using a sedative, given using a vein in your arm, to relax you. We continue to use more sedative as it is needed throughout the procedure, so that treatment is very smooth and comfortable for you. You will not have a clear memory of the time you are sedated although you remain conscious throughout the procedure and the time seems to pass very quickly.
You need to have an empty stomach, so do not eat or drink 4 hours before your appointment time. You must have someone to take you home and stay with you for the rest of the day.
You cannot drive for that same day. When you do arrive home, you need to rest and probably sleep for a few hours. Take care not to make any important decisions or sign any legal documents on the day, after being sedated as you may not have a clear memory about this later.
Some people worry that they will say things that they would not normally say. We can reassure you that this does not happen.
With experience in paediatric (children's) dentistry we also offer the option of oral sedation for nervous children, or children undergoing more invasive treatment. Oral sedation is a safe and effective way of calming children’s anxiety associated with dental treatment, although it does require their co-operation. We ask that a parent or care-giver remain with the child throughout the procedure so that the child feels safe and secure. You will need to allow resting and recovery time after the procedure.
For more information on our sedation options contact our team.
Some children and some treatments, require a deeper sedation than that which we can deliver nasally. We then use the services of a visiting Anaesthetist Dr Rebecca De Souza, to sedate children sufficently to be able to accomplish the tasks needed. There is a private fee for this. We also refer to Greenlane hospital using the government funded system, although this does usually have quite a long waiting time of up to 6 months.