Sedation Dentistry in Canberra

Sedation Dentistry in Canberra- What Are the Options?

A quick look at an online medical dictionary tells us that Sedation is:

“…the act of calming by the administration of a sedative.  A sedative is a medication that commonly induces the nervous system to calm”.

This dictionary then goes on to discuss situations in which sedation might be offered to people or how it might typically be used during medical procedures. The purpose perhaps most relevant to dental situations is this:

“Additionally, sedation is often desirable to diminish fear associated with operative procedures.”

The Australian Dental Association website lists three different types of sedation that may be offered by Australian Dentists for dental procedures. These include:

  • “Inhalation sedation”- usually “Happy Gas” (Laughing Gas)
  • “Intravenous sedation”- sometimes referred to as “Sleep Dentistry”
  • “General Anaesthetic”- usually carried out in one of Canberra’s hospitals

At Corinna Dental, we provide

  • Inhalation Sedation- both our Woden and Canberra practices have these facilities. Happy Gas is suitable for people of all ages who are mildly or moderately anxious about dental treatment. Its sedative effects (which are often described as a feeling of well-being or even euphoria) only last while the gas is being administered. This means that you can drive or go back to work immediately after your dental appointment: very convenient!
  • Intravenous Sedation- Woden rooms only. IV Sedation or ‘Sleep Dentistry‘ is a much more profound form of sedation, and is suitable for people with a high level of dental anxiety or phobia. The effects of the sedation last for several hours after the appointment, so driving or working afterwards is not possible.

Would either of these types of dental sedation be suitable for your circumstances? The answer is most likely yes, but to be certain you’ll need to meet with one of our friendly dentists for a dental assessment and a health review. Please call any of our three locations to make an appointment.