Procedural sedation

Many people experience real fear when faced with the prospect of visiting the dentist. So much so that most avoid treating their dental concerns completely - and would rather live with the pain and discomfort than get treatment.

Sedation dentistry is a way for us to help put you at ease during your dental treatment, so you can be as comfortable as possible during the process.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry generally uses specific, measured medications to help you relax during dental procedures. When you’re sedated, you’re generally awake but fully relaxed. No more fear, anxiety or outright panic during your dental procedures.

Sedation dentistry generally uses specific, measured medications to help you relax during dental procedures. When you’re sedated, you’re generally awake but fully relaxed. No more fear, anxiety or outright panic during your dental procedures.

Levels of sedation

There are a few different levels of sedation we can achieve to ensure you are completely comfortable during your dental procedures. These levels include:

  • Minimal Sedation - during this level, you are fully awake but relaxed.
  • Moderate Sedation - during this sedation level, you are awake but not fully conscious. You may slur your words and may not remember a lot of the procedure.
  • Deep Sedation - during this level of sedation, you are right at the cusp of consciousness but can be awoken if necessary.
  • General Anaesthesia - during this sedation level, you are fully unconscious - technically asleep during your procedure.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Anaesthesia is always risky, but when administered by a qualified professional, it’s generally pretty safe. Dr Christiaan Vorster and his team are specially trained to administer anaesthesia and appropriately sedate you during your next dental procedure.

There are certain cases in which sedation is not recommended, so be sure to discuss your unique case with your dentist prior to your procedure.

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