Sedation Dentistry

Nervous or anxious? No worries!
The days of belt driven drills and poorly working anaesthetics are over! If you have had a bad experience recently or even as a child, rest assured that dentistry as a whole has change its way. It is no longer the monster you remember! With new techniques, more effective materials and most importantly sedation practice, we can make any treatment comfortable and surprisingly easy.
Below are some of the options we offer:
Relative analgesia (RA)
Also known as "Happy Gas" is a blend of inhalation sedatives which are placed on you via a nose-piece to deliver the sedative at a constant flow throughout your appointment. This is a great option for lighter treatments or for mild anxieties as it can be cleared from your system within minutes so you can go about your day as normal. RA is also great for children.
Penthrox (Methoxyflurane)
Primarily a medicine used to reduce pain. As well as being a pain reliever, it also acts as a sedative which removes feelings of nervousness to provide you with a comfortable, care-free appointment. This is sometimes called the "green whistle" as is used as a first port of call by paramedics to make injured patients comfortable and happy very quickly. As this is held in your hand and self-administered, you are in complete control of your level of sedation. However, we do ask that your have someone to drive you home following your appointment.
IV Sedation
A stronger type of anaesthsia administered by a traveling anaesthetist. This is performed in-house. Sometimes called "Twilight sedation" due to the fact you are indeed still "conscious" however will have little to no recollection of any treatment. This type of sedation is for more severe anxieties or more complex treatments which avoid hospital stays and associated fees. Again, we do ask that someone drives you to and from your appointment.
General Anaethesia
We are one of the few dental centres in Adelaide that can offer this form of sedation. Performed at Central Districts Hospital, this is an "unconscious sedation" where you are completely asleep during treatment. This is reserved for severe anxiety, complex treatment including removal of impacted wisdom teeth and longer appointments whereby the patient would like all of their treatment done in one appointment, no matter how much there is to do! Close to 100% of the time, this is a day surgery procedure and does not involve an overnight stay. From here you will be reviewed at St Clair MDC in the following days to ensure you are happy with the outcome.