Dental Sedation | Anxious Patients

Dental Sedation

Anxious about having dental treatment? 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.

What is Sedation?

It is the use of anesthesia to make the patient more relaxed during dental procedures. The anesthetic will not send you to sleep, though you will feel sleepy and relaxed.

What types of sedation are available?

Inhalation Sedation

A lighter form of sedation, can be used for patients who drove themselves to the appointment. We offer nitrous oxide (commonly known as ‘laughing gas’ or happy gas’). 

  • Patients are fully conscious during the treatment, during sedation patients feel warm and relaxed.
  • There are no after effects of this sedation. Patients are good to go on with their normal day.

Intravenous Sedation (IV Sedation)

Is injected through the patient’s arm, they will feel drowsy and very relaxed soon after. 

  • Patients will feel very drowsy and relaxed, with very little memory of treatment. This form of sedation works very quickly.
  • The level of sedation is much easier to control than other types of sedation.
  • Due to extreme drowsiness from the sedation, patients are advised not to drive to or from the clinic. You must have someone to drive you to your appointment.

Oral Sedation

For patients who may not be good with needles, this might be the best option for you. Patients will receive sedation in either tablet or liquid form, usually taken an hour before your appointment.

  • Patients will feel drowsy and usually have very little memory of the treatment once completed. 
  • Lasts 2 to 6 hours.
  • Due to extreme drowsiness from the sedation, patients are advised not to drive to or from the clinic. You must have someone to drive you to your appointment.

If you are a nervous or anxious patient, give us a call before your appointment and we can discuss the best options with you.