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.

IV sedation (sleep dentistry)

Intravenous (IV) sedation involves the use of a sedative administered by our qualified visiting anaesthetist. You will be in a ‘sleep-like’ state but not unconscious like under a general anesthetic. Patients don’t feel pain but still able to follow dentist and anaesthetist’s instructions. IV sedation is often referred to as ‘sleep dentistry’ as patients feel very relaxed and don’t remember much of their dental treatment.

It is appropriate for dental phobic or anxious patients and cases which require minor oral surgery. The sedative is administered via your vein through a needle by the anaesthetist and local anaesthetic will also be administered by your dentist to allow you to be both relaxed and not feel any pain throughout the procedure.

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.