For many people going to the dentist can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety. Penrith Smiles is pleased to offer Sleep Dentistry or Intravenous Sedation. Apprehensive, anxious or gagging patients can now relax, lay back and comfortably experience pain-free and stress-free dentistry.
IV Sedation refers to the use of sedatives administered intravenously to calm and relax a patient prior to and during a dental appointment. These sedatives exert their action by depressing the central nervous system allowing the patient to be calmer, more relaxed and usually unaware of the procedure taking place.
IV Sedation is also known as ‘twilight sedation’ and is a state of being in-between awake and asleep. Patients are still semi-conscious and are able to respond to commands with no recollection of the procedure. The sedative agents used ensure that the patients also don’t remember what happens during the time they are sedated. Memory before and after sedation is usually not affected. Patients often feel that the whole procedure passed in only a few minutes when in reality, it may have taken several hours.
No procedure is too small for this process. If you are one of those patient’s who is too anxious to even have a dental clean, then sedation can definitely help you. The most common procedures performed under dental sedation are:
All of the dental treatment will be carried out by your normal dentist at Penrith Smiles.
The IV sedation will be conducted by a trained specialist medical doctor. The doctor will be by your side before, during and after your dental procedure until you have fully recovered.
As your sedation is being administered by a registered medical practitioner, you will be eligible to claim for a Medicare rebate for the cost of your sedation owing to you.