Oral sedation is usually administered in the form of a tablet that is taken an hour or so before your upcoming dental treatment. Before your dental treatment, we will assess your medical history to determine whether oral sedation suits you.
Most dental implant and tooth removal procedures are performed under a local anaesthetic in the dentist's chair. It is an effective solution for numbing a localised area before treatment and preventing pain. Local anaesthetic can take 10 to 15 minutes to take effect and allows you to remain awake throughout treatment. If you are receiving a local anaesthetic before treatment, you should be able to eat and drink normally. However, it is advised that you avoid drinking alcohol 24 hours before and after treatment. Local anaesthetic can last for several hours after treatment but does not inhibit you from driving and will wear off on its own.
Sleep dentistry (IV sedation or twilight sedation) is an effective sedative that allows patients to have treatment in a relaxed, semi-conscious state. While in this state, you are closely monitored and will have little, if any, recollection of your procedure. It may feel like you've taken a short nap. IV sedation can be a good addition to local anaesthetic for patients who require extensive or multiple treatments in a single appointment. As it can take up to 24 hours for the effects of the sedatives to completely wear off, you should not drive or operate machinery during this time.
Patients may opt for a general anaesthetic in hospital for complex procedures involving dental implants, extensive bone grafting, gum lifts or tooth extractions. Under general anaesthesia, you will remain unconscious for the entire procedure and only wake up after treatment. You should avoid driving or operating machinery for up to 48 hours after having general anesthesia.
There are many reasons why patients may require sedation for dental procedures. The most common reasons include the following:
Sleep dentistry may be a suitable option for patients requiring extensive dental care or multiple treatments in a single appointment. Sleep dentistry may not be ideal if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, such as asthma or other respiratory issues. Upon visiting our practice, we will assess your medical history before recommending the most suitable sedation option for your treatment.