Don't let your past painful experiences keep you away from the dentist. Modern dental techniques are pain free and reduce stress.
Don't let your teeth and your overall health suffer because you are uncomfortable going to the dentist.
Giving you good information
We spend plenty of time talking to you about the procedure before we start. We'll explain everything and make sure all your questions are answered.
We understand that just knowing what's going to happen is a big help.
If you are a little nervous we can give you a light sedative to take shortly before your appointment. This will 'take the edge' off your nerves and will help you relax a little during the procedure. If you choose to have the sedative tablet, you will need someone to drive you home.
Nitrous Oxide (happy/laughing gas) has been used for a very long time to help relax nervous patients.
A small 'hood' is placed over your nose and a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen is inhaled. This will give you a feeling of well being – patients often say they feel 'floaty' or 'tingly'. It reduces anxiety and in some cases, no needle is required.
The effects of nitrous oxide stop as soon as you stop inhaling it so you can drive yourself home after treatment.
Intravenous or IV Sedation is our most popular form of sedative. This is the most efficient way of providing anxiety relief and pain control throughout your dental procedure.
IV Sedation is administered by a qualified practitioner via a small injection in the back of the hand or forearm. Your breathing, heart rate and blood pressure are monitored and recorded throughout the entire procedure, making the procedure very safe.
While you drift off into a state of drowsiness, you will be pain free, very relaxed and the time will seem to pass very quickly. Your appointment will be over before you know it. You will need someone to drive you home.
A general anaesthetic 'knocks out' the patient, as is done in most medical surgery. We use it in two situations:
- when a patient is too scared or tense to have treatment done while they are awake
- for very difficult procedures, such as extracting wisdom teeth
The general anaesthetic is performed at a local private hospital. It usually requires a day stay in hospital and a day or so off work or school.