At Midhurst Dental, we offer several forms of sedation for our patients who are feeling anxious or nervous for a visit. Our sedation options are listed below.
Oral sedation involves a prescribed pill when you arrive for your appointment. The oral medication will cause you to be drowsy. We ask that you arrange for someone to drive you to home afterwards.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Also known as “laughing gas”, you will feel calmer after a few breaths of Nitrous Oxide. Nitrous Oxide is a good option for patients who feel apprehensive about their dental appointment.
Patients are safe to drive themselves home after this sedation option is administered since the effects of the gas are gone, after a few simple breaths of air.
Often used for wisdom teeth extractions and root canals this “twilight sleep” sedation is also useful for patients with moderate to severe anxiety.
You’ll need someone to drive you home afterwards.
General Anaesthetic for Children
General Anaesthesia is often used for children for extensive or more complicated procedures that will take a long time to complete, or when several procedures need to be completed at the same time.
Our Anaesthetist specializes in anaesthesia for children and will monitor your child to allow them to sleep soundly during their procedure.
Almost all patients who are in good general health are appropriate candidates for Sleep Dentistry. Our sedation specialists will ensure that you are in good hands at all times.
Sedation options vary from mild to advanced depending on the extent of dental work that needs to be done and your individual needs.
Why would I want sleep dentistry?
Sleep Dentistry offers options for patients who:
- Are nervous about visiting the dentist
- Have a sensitive gag reflex
- Do not respond to traditional freezing (can’t feel numb)
- Have back, neck or jaw problems
- Have physical or mental limitations
- Need to undergo several dental procedures at once
- Require, oral surgical procedures (dental implants, wisdom teeth extractions)
What is General Anaesthesia?
Safely administered by an M.D. we work with a certified Anaesthetist to administer General Anaesthesia. An Anaesthetist is a medical specialist. Your Anaesthetist is responsible for keeping you comfortable during and after your operation.
Since patients are “under” when they have General Anaesthetic, this form of sedation is recommended for patients that require complex dental treatments or need to undergo a number of dental procedures.