Becoming more commonly used in dental surgeries, sedation is a way to help with the concerns of dental care that many patients aren’t aware of. And if you aren’t aware of it as an option, you are unlikely to ask for it!
At Kings Dental Subiaco, we are exceedingly proud to be able to offer a myriad of different sedation options at our dental practice and will be happy to offer them to anyone who needs them or requests them. We do ask, however, that before administering them that all of our patients complete a questionnaire with our team, to help us mitigate against any contraindicated medical issues.
But if you had never considered having sedation when you visited the dentist Subiaco before, and are now eager to learn more, you will probably have one or two queries. Here, our team at Kings Dental, Dentist Subiaco, answers common FAQs that we receive about sedation and the options that we offer.
Why do we use sedation?
Firstly, our team at Kings Dental. Dentist Subiaco, will offer sedation to patients if we feel they need it or if it is requested.
A key reason why we offer sedation is to help nervous patients feel relaxed and comfortable while we work on their teeth. Another reason why this may be considered is if you are going to undertake a particularly long treatment (such as the fitting of dental implants), and we feel that it may be in your best interest to be sedated. Remember, if you want to have sedation for something like a check-up, we should be able to offer it to you!
Advantages of sedation
As above, a key advantage of sedation is that it instantly calms you down. And if you are a patient who is nervous or has a phobia of dental care, this can take the edge off having surgeries performed.
Another advantage is that with options such as laughing gas or intravenous sedation, we may also be able to bypass the need for a local anaesthetic. And in some cases, sedation can speed up any surgical procedure, as you won’t require breaks due to a sore jaw from holding your mouth open!
Types of sedation
Our team can offer our patients laughing gas (also known as nitrous oxide), oral sedation which is usually valium, intravenous sedation and general anaesthetic.
In cases where we use oral sedation, intravenous sedation and general anaesthetic, you are requested to disclose to us any medications you are taking and information about any underlying health conditions. This is to help us mitigate against possible issues that can occur.
Also, if we administer intravenous sedation and general anaesthetic, you must attend our surgery with an age-appropriate, responsible family member or friend who can take you home afterwards. You must also refrain from operating heavy machinery for 48 hours post-treatment.
As we mentioned before, we are more than happy to offer any of these sedation options to nervous patients.
If you have concerns about attending a check-up with our team or you are new to the practice and wish to have sedation provided, please talk to a member of our reception team when booking the appointment.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.