Most endodontic procedures can be carried out virtually painlessly after administration of a local anaesthetic. This is the least invasive method to make you comfortable during the procedure. In addition, we offer the following options: Nitrous Oxide, Oral Sedation, Intravenous Sedation

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide, also known as "Laughing Gas", is a sedating gas that is combined with oxygen to make patients more comfortable during dental procedures. It offers the benefit of relaxation with no loss of consciousness. A mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen is inhaled though the nose before a planned dental procedure. A light tingling feeling is often experienced by patients, as well as an altered sense of time. Nitrous oxide is usually administered together with a local anaesthetic. Nitrous Oxide sedation offers the benefit of being reversible within seconds upon conclusion of your procedure. There is no need for someone to accompany you home.

Oral Sedation

Have you had a dental experience that still makes you feel uncomfortable when entering a dental office? Then oral sedation may be for you. After checking your medical history (and - if necessary - liaising with your family doctor) we will prescribe a tablet of an oral sedative to be taken at the office, about an hour prior to the procedure. The pill works quickly to create a relaxed state, so you will be drowsy during treatment. You will be able to respond to any given commands or questions, but many patients will not recall events while the drug is in effect. You will need a companion to drive you to and from the dental office. As the sedative will be effective beyond the completion of your dental procedure, you may not leave the office unless accompanied. You must not drive or operate machinery for the remainder of the day.

Intravenous Sedation

The procedure is designed specifically for the comfort and safety of the dental phobic patient. A fully trained and qualified anesthesiologist administers the sedative, monitors vital functions and maintains patient comfort during the dental procedure. You will need a companion to accompany you from the dental office, and to look after you after the procedure, until the effects of the sedative have subsided. This method will provide a greater depth of sedation than oral sedation. Typically the patient does not recall much of the procedure. This method is particularly useful if - in the very anxious patient - one or several lengthy procedures are to be carried out. Are you covered by Medicare? Benefits may be available to you. Please check with one of our receptionists, or with your nearest Medicare office.

Intravenous Sedation may be used for:

  1. Patients who are apprehensive about dental treatment. When an apprehensive patient is calmed by the use of intravenous-sedation, they are more cooperative during treatment, and the operational risks inherent in any medical treatment diminish.

  2. Patients with a history of medical problems (such as heart disease or high blood pressure). These patients tolerate treatment better under sedation because they are relaxed and less likely to experience an adverse reaction.

  3. Patients who require prolonged endodontic procedures or microsurgery. These procedures may be long and stressful. Intravenous sedation reduces stress and increases patient comfort during treatment. At the end of the procedure, the patient should have no memory of the procedure and therefore will feel less fatigued and anxious.