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Sedation Dentistry

Reduce Anxiety & Stay Relaxed During Your Visit

For many Australians, thinking about the dentist can cause extremely high levels of anxiety. Regular dental visits are essential to your health, yet millions of Australians opt-out of regular check-ups due to anxiety. Many people put off seeing a dentist until they are in serious pain, but waiting to treat a problem is risky business. Waiting too long can cause permanent damage requiring emergency dental work, and invasive and expensive treatments to fix.

Thankfully, there is a solution for people who experience dental anxiety.  It’s called sedation dentistry.  

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is the practice of using medication to help patients relax during their visits.  Now even the most anxious individuals can overcome their fears and make their dental experience more pleasant.  The type of sedation and dosage level will depend on multiple factors including:

//  Your overall health

//  Any medications you currently take

//  Your medical history

//  The type of treatment being performed

Types Of Sedation

Sedation dentistry is used for everything from a simple cleaning to invasive surgery.  Dosages can range from mild to heavy. There are 3 main types of sedation.

Oral Sedation

Oral is the most common type of sedation and used to calm and relax patients who experience milder forms of anxiety.  Sedatives come in a tablet or syrup form and are taken 30-60 minutes before your appointment. The dosage will depend on the level of anxiety, but is generally used for lighter procedures and anxiety levels.

Inhalation Sedation

This sedation uses nitrous oxide (also known as happy gas) to put a patient in a relaxed state.  Just before the procedure, the patient breathes in an odourless gas through a mask placed over the nose and mouth.   The patient feels the effects almost immediately and your dentist controls the dosage.  Nitrous oxide is the only sedation type that allows you to drive yourself home after.

Inhalation With Oral Sedation

For those with slightly higher levels of anxiety, both nitrous oxide and tablets or syrup are taken together. A trained dentist must administer this type of sedation and the patient cannot operate a vehicle afterward.

IV Sedation Dentistry

IV Sedation (also known as sleep dentistry or twilight dentistry) is used for patients experiencing the most severe levels of anxiety or undergoing invasive procedures such as wisdom teeth removal, or multiple implants.  IV sedation is done with a cannula and can only be administered by dentists who have been certified in its use.  

Your King Street Dentist is qualified in administering IV sedation.

Sleep dentistry is safe and provides a deeper level of anaesthesia.  Patients can follow instructions, but rarely remember any of the experience afterward.  Before recommending IV sedation, a full medical interview is conducted to ensure the patient’s medical fitness.

Can All Dentists Administer Sedation?

Almost all dentists qualify to administer lighter sedatives such as oral or inhalation.  However, only a small number of dentists qualify to administer IV sedation.  The Australian Health Practitioners Registration Association heavily regulates the use of this sedation.

How Safe Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is generally considered safe when administered by an experienced and trained dentist. Certain people pose higher risks, which is why you will always go through an in-depth assessment beforehand.

Before your procedure
We ask you about any current medications being taken and go through your medical history to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for sedation.  

Factors such as your age, weight, and overall health help us determine the right type and dosage for a given treatment.    

You will receive a risk assessment document detailing any potential risks.  You should go over this and ask us any questions that are not clear before undergoing the procedure.

During The Procedure
We closely monitor all vital signs following Australian dental guidelines and adjust the dosage as necessary.

After The Procedure
Once you are awake and able to stand, we assist you in collecting your things and ensure you can walk to the door unassisted.  Resting or sitting down may cause drowsiness, which is why you must not drive home after your procedure.  We recommend having someone there to assist you to get home safely.

Sedation Dentistry Benefits

Sedation is sometimes the only way a person can calmly visit the dentist. Whether you are coming in for a routine check-up, wisdom teeth surgery, or tooth removal, there are several reasons sedation dentistry may be right for you.

//  Anxiety relief

//  Reduces gag reflex

//  Pain relief

//  Work is performed faster when the patient is calm

//  More comfortable for special needs or hypersensitive individuals

At King Street Dental, your safety and comfort are top priorities.  You’ll love our calming life-sized wall murals and TV’s in every room, and relax in our peaceful garden courtyard. You’ll be put at ease the moment you walk through the door.

Our qualified and friendly staff will help you every step of the way and ensure you leave with a smile on your face.  By the end of your visit, any anxiety you felt about the dentist will be a thing of the past.    

Call King Street Dental today to find out if sedation dentistry is right for you.

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Where To Find King Street Dental

King Street Dental is conveniently located at 67 King Street, Warrawong, next to Warrawong Library and Plush Furniture.

We have plenty of parking available on Carlotta Cres, at the northern end of Darcy Wentworth Park. Our practice is located at the corner of King Street & Hoskins Avenue.

We have accessibility parking available beside our building on the corner of King Street & Hoskins Ave. Enter via Hoskins Ave.

If you have trouble finding us, please call us.