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Bupa Dental LogoWe are excited to announce that we will now be known as Bupa Dental Helensvale.

Our practice’s long standing commitment to providing high quality dental care aligns perfectly with Bupa’s philosophy of being a health and care partner for customers.

We have refurbished our practice to help improve our patient experience, with modern dental rooms and technology in a more comfortable environment.

If you have any questions about the changes or wish to book your next appointment, please visit our new website or contact our friendly team on (07) 5665 8144.

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Sedation Dentistry Gold Coast

dental sedationDental anxiety or fear of the dentist is highly common throughout the population.

We believe that every person should be able to access the dental care they want and need, and this is why we provide sedation options for anxious patients.

IV Sedation is only available at our Brisbane CBD practice. Click here to book your appointment.

IV Sedation

What is IV sedation?

Few people, if any, look forward to a dental visit. For those who require extensive dental work or are nervous about seeing the dentist, such visits are understandably vexing. Thankfully, there’s a way to undergo all your dental treatments in one sitting – with a quick and anxiety-free visit.

Also known as “conscious sedation”, IV Sedation is an intravenous form of sedation that allows a patient to stay awake during a procedure, but may not remember much of the event afterwards. The medication induce a dream-like state, in which the patient remains very relaxed throughout the procedures such that he or she is able to respond to the dentist, but does not experience any anxiety or fears. To ensure optimum patient comfort, IV sedation is typically administered in combination with oral anaesthesia.

One of the greatest benefits of IV Sedation is that it allows people who put off dental treatments out of fear, to combine all their treatments into a single visit.

Who is suitable for IV Sedation?

Depending on the person’s age or health, not everyone is a suitable candidate for IV Sedation. If you believe that IV Sedation may be useful for you, please discuss your options with one of our dentists at your next appointment. Other methods of sedation –laughing gas and oral medications – may be suggested to reduce your stress and make your dental experience more pleasant.

IV Sedation has many benefits for different categories of patients:

  • Those with dental phobia or anxiety issues
  • Those who need help to cope with extensive dental work
  • Traumatised patients
  • Wisdom teeth removal
  • Tooth extractions
  • Surgical procedures
  • Young children requiring complex dental work

What to do and expect before, during and after the procedure?

On the day of the procedure, you should be accompanied by a responsible adult who can drive you to your appointment and fetch you from the clinic after the procedure.

Although the procedure requires the use of an injection needle – which may itself be a cause of anxiety for some – it is generally preferred over being anxious throughout the procedure that can last for more than an hour. To most people, however, the injection feels no more than a slight prick in the arm.

Either a trained dentist or anaesthetist would be authorised to administer the IV Sedation injection. Throughout the procedure, your vital signs, including blood pressure and breathing will be monitored to ensure your optimal safety and comfort at all times. Although you may not remember at all, additional medication may be necessary to numb your teeth and gums before the start of the procedure. When the procedure is completed, the anaesthetist will stop the sedation and you will awake from your momentary "slumber".

It is recommended that you do not operate any vehicle, machinery or make any important decisions – i.e. signing a legally binding contract – 24 hours after the procedure. You may feel groggy immediately after the appointment, so do not make any plans other than spending the rest of the day relaxing at home. It is important that you follow all the home care instructions that your adult chaperone for the day will receive on your behalf following the procedure.

Is IV Sedation safe?

IV sedation is a safe, quick and painless method of sedation for most dental procedures.

One of the reasons the IV method is preferred is because it allows the dentist or anaesthetist to monitor the patient’s compliance to the procedure more closely. They are able to adjust and vary the levels of sedation, according to the patient’s oxygen levels, blood pressure and pulse rate.

A typical procedure begins with an evaluative consultation in which the dentist will review the patient’s medical history with a series of questions. This would help the dentist to determine whether the patient has any allergies or underlying conditions – such as heart problems and diabetes – or is taking any medications that might interfere with the procedure.

All these precautionary steps are helpful in making sure that the procedure is administered with zero hiccups and fall in line with the medical protocols for the administration of anaesthetic drugs.

Nevertheless, it is not a procedure to be taken lightly. You should consult a dentist on the sedation options that are available to you, in light of your health status, age and the type of dental treatment that you have opted for.

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