Dental Sedation:
Inhalation and Intravenous

Nervous about getting dental treatment?

Dental sedation might be a good option for you.

At Auckland Family Dental, we understand that visiting the dentist can be stressful and terrifying for many people, causing patients to avoid booking in to see the dentist.

However, when it comes to performing dental procedures all our dentists are committed to your comfort and well-being, with patient satisfaction our priority.

We offer different sedation options to help make our procedures comfortable for even the most anxious patients.

Find a practice near you to talk to one of our friendly staff.

What is Sedation?

Dental sedation, a technique used in dentistry, involves the administration of anesthesia to induce a state of relaxation and ease anxiety during dental procedures.

Unlike general anesthesia, dental sedation allows patients to remain conscious while experiencing drowsiness and deep relaxation.
The level of sedation can vary, with options such as nitrous oxide or intravenous medications.

This approach is especially beneficial for individuals with dental phobias or heightened anxiety, as it helps create a more comfortable and tolerable dental experience, ultimately promoting regular dental care and improving overall oral health outcomes.

Types of Dental Sedation

1. Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

One of the mildest forms of sedation, nitrous oxide, or "laughing gas," is inhaled through a mask. It provides a calm, euphoric feeling, making it an excellent choice for mild anxiety and short procedures.

2. Oral Sedation

Oral sedation involves taking a prescribed medication before your dental appointment. It induces a state of relaxation, and while you'll remain conscious, you might have limited memory of the procedure.

3. IV Sedation

Intravenous (IV) sedation is a more profound form of sedation, administered directly into your bloodstream. It's often used for extensive treatments, oral surgeries, or for patients with severe dental anxiety.

Side Effects of Dental Sedation


Many patients experience drowsiness after sedation, and this may last for a few hours.


Some people may feel dizzy or lightheaded after sedation, but this typically subsides as the sedative effects wear off.


Nausea is a relatively common side effect, especially with certain types of sedation. Vomiting is less common but can occur.

Dry Mouth

Sedation can lead to a dry or parched feeling in the mouth.

Memory Impairment

Sedation may cause temporary short-term memory impairment, which means you may not remember the details of the procedure.


Headaches can occur as a mild and short-lived side effect of sedation.

These are the most common side effects associated with dental sedation. Remember that the likelihood and severity of these side effects can vary depending on the type and dosage of sedation used, as well as individual factors like your overall health and any pre-existing medical conditions.

Our dentists and anesthesiologists are trained to manage these potential side effects and ensure patient safety during and after sedation. Always discuss any concerns with our dental or medical provider before the procedure.

Benefits of Dental Sedation

Dental sedation offers a plethora of benefits, including:

Anxiety Reduction

For those who experience dental anxiety, sedation helps alleviate stress and fear, making the visit much more manageable.

Pain Management

Sedation ensures that you experience minimal pain or discomfort during procedures.

Time Efficiency

Sedation allows the dentist to work more efficiently, often reducing the number of appointments needed for complex treatments.

Dental Sedation Process


Before administering sedation, our dental team will conduct a thorough consultation to determine the most suitable sedation method based on your needs and medical history.


During the procedure, our experienced anesthesiologist will closely monitor your vital signs to ensure your safety and well-being.


After the procedure, you'll be monitored in a comfortable recovery area until the sedation effects wear off. This ensures your safety and comfort before leaving our clinic.

Payment Plans

Explore your payment plan options below or reach out to our friendly team for more information. We also have received 5-star reviews on Google, which is a testament to our quality service.

Interest-Free Payment Plan Options:

  • Q Card or Q Mastercard: Ideal for treatments over $500, offering 18 months of interest-free payments. This allows you to receive the necessary treatment without an immediate financial burden.

  • Zip Interest-Free: If your treatment costs are under $800, Zip is an excellent choice. You can spread the cost over 4 fortnightly payments with no interest or additional fees.

  • WINZ Support: For those with limited income or receiving benefits, Work and Income (WINZ) can provide financial support for dental treatment. We offer quotes for you to take to WINZ, and once your treatment cost is covered, we can begin the treatment, typically within 2-3 days.

Don't let financial worries hold you back from maintaining your oral health.

Is Dental Sedation Right for You?

If you experience dental anxiety, have a low pain tolerance, or require extensive dental work, dental sedation is a viable option.

Our expert team will evaluate your specific needs and recommend the most appropriate sedation method for your situation.

In the realm of dental services, patient comfort and care are our top priorities.

Dental sedation ensures that every visit to our clinic is a relaxed, comfortable, and pain-free experience. If you've been apprehensive about dental work in the past, rest assured that our sedation services can help make your next visit to the dentist a breeze.

Trust in our experienced team to provide top-notch dental care with the utmost concern for your well-being.

Remember, your comfort is our mission, and dental sedation is just one of the many ways we ensure that your dental experience is truly exceptional.

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Can't wait to start with my daughters braces treatment. Affordable treatment plans, good location, great parking and a very friendly team.

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He walked me through the options step by step, risk assessing each and really helped me decide on what was best for me.

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