Sedation Treatment by Southside Dental

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Why is sedation treatment required?

Some people can feel very anxious about visiting the dentist, and for them it can be a highly stressful experience.

We understand this, but at the same time no-one should compromise their oral health and wellbeing. That’s why at Southside Dental Options we can perform a range of dental procedures while you are under sedation, so that you feel much calmer and more relaxed about your treatment.

In this way, you can still have regular checkups or undergo any necessary restorative work, but without the accompanying high levels of stress and anxiety.

How is sedation treatment performed?

In order to help you remain calm and stress free during your dental appointment at our Morphett Vale surgery, we offer Relative Analgesia (RA) or nitrous oxide sedation, more commonly referred to as 'laughing gas’. Nitrous oxide is a colourless, slightly sweet gas that can be used during dental treatment for relaxation and anxiety relief.

It will not induce unconsciousness and you will be able to swallow, talk and cough as needed. It takes effect immediately but then wears off quickly, so most people are able to drive after having nitrous oxide sedation.

What are the benefits of sedation treatment?

Anxiety and fear can prevent people from seeing a dentist, either for regular checkups or when important restorative work is required.

However, the sedation treatments that we can offer at Southside Dental Options means that we can help to make the experience as painless and stress-free as possible, ensuring you are able to maintain your oral health.

Sleep dentistry is also suitable if you have a severe gag reflex, or another physical or mental health condition makes routine dental treatment more challenging for you.

Is sedation treatment right for me?

There are a number of circumstances in which sedation treatment might be the appropriate option for you:

  • You have high levels of stress and anxiety when visiting the dentist, perhaps as a result of previous experiences
  • You have a severe gag reflex
  • Your physical or mental health makes it challenging to undergo dental treatment
  • You live in a remote area of South Australia and so only have limited time available in which to undergo long or extensive treatment.
  • The procedure you need is especially complex and will take a considerable amount of time.


Common questions about Sedation Treatment

Are there any after-effects of nitrous oxide sedation?

Nitrous oxide sedation is fast acting and takes effect instantly, but once it is no longer being administered, the effects wear off virtually straight away. There are no lingering after-effects and most people can resume their normal activities more or less immediately.

If I have IV sedation, will I be unconscious?

Under IV sedation, you are not unconscious and you can still respond to voices and touch. However, you will not be aware, and also unlikely to have any memory of, the actual procedures performed. This also means that you will probably not remember the sights, sounds and smells of the surgery, which for some people is the biggest source of their anxiety.

Can children have sedation treatment?

For very young children or children wth special needs, it might be appropriate for them to be sedated in order for them to receive the dental care they need.

Can I have dental treatment under general anaesthetic?

It is possible to have some dental procedures performed under general anaesthetic. This will require a referral to a specialist Oral Surgeon. Your dentist will be able to talk you through the options. Call us on (08) 8382 2436 or email to find out more.

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