Nitrous sedation

It is a sedative administered through a small mask that fits over your nose. Nitrous oxide more commonly known as “laughing” or “happy gas” helps you relax during your procedure. You will be conscious and able to respond to your dentist but calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly once the mask is removed. It is a good option for treating children and patients with mild anxiety.

1. General Anaesthesia

Some patients may require a general anaesthetic to complete their dental treatment successfully. This is often due to more severe dental anxiety or for some of our paediatric and special needs patients.

A general anaesthetic is where a qualified anaesthetist will place you in a reversible unconscious state. We work with anaesthetists in a private hospital to provide dental treatment under general anaesthetic in the safest environment with trained doctors and nurses. We work with Ramsay Health Caboolture Private Hospital to offer this service to our patients.

2. IV sedation

Intravenous sedation (IV sedation) is an option that allows for dental procedures to be performed while you are under the influence of a sedative drug administered via an injection. It is often referred to as "sleep dentistry" or "twilight dentistry". Sleep dentistry is different to surgical procedures performed under general anaesthetic - you are not unconscious, but rather in an induced highly relaxed, sleep-like state. When you 'wake up' you will not remember anything about the entire procedure, will feel no pain during the procedure and will feel like no time has passed.