If you are anxious about visiting the dentist, you may find treatment easier if you have some form of sedation to relieve anxiety. Care For Smiles offers Oral Sedation and Inhalation (Nitrous Oxide) Sedation to help calm anxious patients, including children.
Higher levels of sedation (including general anaesthesia) requires referral to a specialist at very much higher cost.
Your dentist may prescribe oral mediation to help reduce your anxiety.
The mediation is usually taken 30 to 60 minutes before your appointment and must be taken exactly as directed by your dentist.
Inhalation (Nitrous Oxide) Sedation
Nitrous oxide is a gas, commonly known as 'happy gas' or 'laughing gas'. Nitrous oxide sedation may help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. You breathe the gas in through a mask placed over your nose. Within a few short minutes you should start to feel the relaxing effects. You'll be able to understand what the dentist is saying throughout the treatment, but the sedation should reduce your anxiety. When your treatment is finished, the sedation will wear off after a few deep breaths.
You may be asked to stay in the clinic for up to 30 minutes for the effects of the sedation to wear off fully. The dentist may ask you to bring a friend or family member to accompany you home.
The dentists at Care For Smiles are trained in the use of nitrous oxide sedation. Please discuss with us if nitrous oxide sedation would be a good option for you. The cost for use of nitrous oxide sedation is $60.00 per 30 minute block.
The Melbourne Royal Childrens Hospital (RCH) has developed a fact sheet about Nitrous Oxide Sedation for Dental Procedures which you may find useful.
Royal Childrens Hospital | www.rch.org.au | Fact SheetSedation (Nitrous Oxide) for Dental Procedures