If you’re having a more invasive dental treatment, or you’re nervous about seeing the dentist, we offer a range of sedation options at Palmerston Dental Surgery to help you feel comfortable.
Our fully qualified anaesthetist is always on hand to numb pain and help you stay relaxed throughout your procedure.
What is sedation dentistry?
Most dental treatments are carried out using some form of sedation, which depends on the type of procedure and the level of the patient’s comfort.
Sedation dentistry is most commonly used to numb the part of the mouth being treated, so you won’t feel any pain or discomfort. Other types of sedation can help patients to feel relaxed about their treatment, or to sleep during the procedure.
Sleep dentistry may be recommended if your treatment requires surgery, if you have sensitive teeth and gums, or if you have dental phobia or other anxieties about your treatment, such as a fear of needles.
What are the different types of sedation?
We’ll explain all the sedation options we offer during your consultation. The type of sedation you choose depends on your health and will affect your recovery time.
Our routine dental treatments use local anaesthetic to numb the mouth. Our anaesthetist will provide you with an inhaler device akin to a green whistle. You are completely conscious during the procedure, but you won’t feel pain or discomfort.
If you feel anxiety, but you prefer to try twilight sedation applied intravenously. Twilight sedation helps to relive any anxiety you have towards your treatment and while you are conscious you do not form any memories of the experience. You remain in a drowsy state for the duration of the treatment. This option is not suitable for pregnant or elderly patients, or if you have certain medical conditions.