We understand the fear many people have when it comes to dental procedures, often associated with pain. The good news is that modern dental technology and advanced pain management tools have eliminated most of the pain and discomfort traditionally associated with a trip to the dentist.
We offer a range of pain relief and sedation options to ensure your experience with us is as comfortable and pain-free as possible.
Nitrous oxide (sometimes referred to as ‘laughing gas’) is a mild sedative which is used to help relax and calm patients during dental treatment. It often causes a feeling of euphoria and laughing with decreased pain sensation and occasionally some memory loss.
Nitrous oxide is a colourless, sweet smelling gas which is inhaled through a mask that covers only your nose. It is very short acting and its effects are only felt while you are breathing in the gas. As soon as you start breathing oxygen or normal air again, it wears off rapidly. This means it is very easy for you and your dentist to control.
There are no prolonged side effects when using nitrous oxide and normal activity can be resumed after the dental procedure.
IV sedation involves administration of drugs which puts you in a relaxed sleep-like state, throughout the procedure.
As well as making you feel relaxed and calm, the sedative drugs have an amnesic effect, which means that you often won’t remember much about the procedure afterwards. Once you are sedated, we also use local anaesthetic (numbing injections in the mouth) to ensure that the whole process is painless.
If you are nervous or anxious about having your treatment we can provide this option to help you.