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For patients who are prone to nervousness, sedation may prove to be a viable option. This method can aid in promoting a more relaxed state during dental treatment. It is typical to feel some degree of apprehension when visiting the dentist. Thankfully, our dentists are equipped with various methods to help you feel more at ease during treatment. Sedation is one of the most effective techniques used to alleviate anxiety during dental procedures. Patients frequently opt for sedation during complicated dental procedures or surgeries such as wisdom tooth extraction or dental implantation.

What is it?

The process of sedation entails administering a sedative agent to promote a tranquil and peaceful state during the medical procedure. Although patients remain conscious and can respond to verbal cues, the treatment induces a state of relaxation, and many individuals have no memory of the experience. To ensure patient comfort, we provide three distinct forms of sedation in conjunction with the use of a local anesthetic.

Nitrous oxide gas is inhaled during inhalation sedation to lessen pain sensitivity. ‘Laughing gas’ or ‘happy gas’ is a term used to describe the substance that lowers anxiety.

  • During the operation, patients are awake and able to cooperate.
  • The effects of treatment fade away pretty rapidly.
  • Rarely are there any negative aftereffects

Oral sedation is a sedative that is administered in a tablet or liquid form. It’s usually taken an hour before your appointment at the surgery.

  • Lasts 2 to 6 hours
  • Patients usually have little memory of the treatment once completed
  • For safety reasons, patients must have somebody collect them and take them home after their appointment

Intravenous, or IV sedation, involves a small injection of a sedative into your arm. Soon after the injection, you will start to feel drowsy but very relaxed.

  • The level of sedation is more predictable than oral sedation
  • Patients will remain conscious throughout the treatment but have reduced anxiety and usually have little memory of their treatment
  • For safety reasons, patients must have someone to collect them and take them home after their appointment.

Need To Know

  • 1 single appointment
Before your appointment
  • You will be given specific instructions to follow depending upon the type of sedation. It is important that these instructions are followed for your safety
How long it takes
  • Oral sedation can take up to 1 hour to begin working
  • Inhalation sedation usually takes a few minutes to start working
  • IV sedation usually takes a few minutes or less to start working
After your appointment
  • Inhalation sedation will usually wear off quickly with minimal after effects
  • With oral or IV sedation you will likely feel a bit drowsy after your appointment, but you will usually have little memory of the treatment
  • For oral or IV sedation you will need to have someone take you home after the appointment
  • You will not be able to drive or operate machinery for at least 12 hours after oral or IV sedation
You may be asked about
  • Your dental history and medical history
  • Medications you are currently taking
Quick tip
  • Some dentists offer sedation for nervous or anxious patients. If you are feeling nervous about having dental treatment, speak to your dentist about the sedation options available to you.


01. How much does it cost to be sedated at the dentist?
The cost will vary depending on the type of sedation used. Some sedation methods aren’t available at all practices so you will need to check with your dentist or oral surgeon before the procedure. At the consultation they will recommend the best option for you and also give you an indication of the cost.
02. Do you feel pain with sedation?
You can relax! There’s no need to worry about feeling pain as local anaesthetic is used in conjunction with the sedation. The reason for being sedated during dental treatment is to help you relax and reduce anxiety. With most types of sedation, you will have little memory of the procedure.
03. Is dental sedation safe?
Sedation is safe when given by experienced dentists and complications are rare. However, as with any medical procedure patients with some existing medical conditions add a risk of complications. Your dentist will carefully review your medical history with you to make sure it is safe for you to be sedated. You should also talk to your dentist about any concerns you may have before being sedated.
04. What are the side effects of sedation?
It is not uncommon to experience some side effects with sedation until it wears off completely. With most sedation types you will usually feel relaxed but then drowsy afterward. You will often have little memory of the procedure, you may feel sluggish or be less coordinated and have slower reflexes. People sometimes have low blood pressure after being sedated and occasionally feel a bit sick or have a slight headache. These side effects usually wear off in a few hours. You should rest after a sedation appointment and not return to work, drive a vehicle, or operate machinery. If you have concerns with any of the side effects of sedation we suggest talking to your dentist.
05. How does sedation work?
Sedation involves using a sedative agent to place you into a calm, restful state. You will remain conscious while sedated and able to respond to voice prompts. Many patients have no recollection of their treatment once the sedative agent has worn off completely.