Are you a coward when it comes time to face the dental chair? Don’t worry! At Chats Dental, we are catered for you. We are expert in no pain dentistry and have ways to help ease your anxiety and manage your pain.
What is Conscious (IV) Sedation?
Conscious sedation, also know as IV Sedation or Intravenous Sedation, is a very safe, efficient and effective way of minimising anxiety and reduce perception of pain during certain dental procedures. There are patients who will benefit from this technique:
~ patients who may be having relatively unpleasant or lengthy procedure done
~ patients who fears dental treatment and who often avoid going to the dentis
Would it be you?
As the name implies, conscious sedation is not general anaesthetics. During conscious sedation, small doses of sedative medications are given incrementally to make you feel calm, relaxed and drowsy enough for the dental treatment to be completed with relative ease and you will probably remember very little of it.
We operate in strict accordance with the guidelines from the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. We are accredited by the Dental Board of Australia/AHPRA and equipped with modern monitoring and resuscitation equipment for every patient.
Throughout the procedure, you are under the care of two clinicians, your dentist will be providing the actual dental treatment and the sedationist will be administering sedative medications and fully monitoring your level of consciousness and degree of comfort. We have nearly ten years of experience in administering dental sedation.
Are there side effects?
On rare cases, complications do occur during conscious sedation. These includes pain and bruising at injection site, nausea and vomiting, not responding to the sedative medications or allergic reaction. Therefore it is extremely important for you to disclose the following to the sedationist prior to your treatment.
– any past or present medical conditions,
- use of drugs or medications,
- any allergies
- or any complications from previous intravenous sedation or general anaesthetics.
On the day, please wear comfortable clothing and have nothing to eat or drink for six hours prior to the sedation. A responsible adult (over 18 years old) will need to accompany you home in private car/taxi and look after you for the first 24 hours.
What is going to happen after treatment under conscious sedation?
~ We will allow you to recover for about one hour in recovery room. While you are recovering, we will explain all post operative instructions and use of medication, if needed, to your carer.
~ You will be drowsy for the first 24 hours after having treatment under conscious sedation. Therefore for the first 24 hours strictly no driving or riding bikes or making important decisions for example signing cheques or signing legal documents.
~ For your and other’s safety, please strictly adhere all post operative instructions.
~ Your dentist may also provide post operative review appointment in 5-7 days to ensure optimal healing.