Treatment for The Anxious patient
Dental phobia may range from mild to severe anxiety levels, which can ultimately cause individuals to avoid the dental care they need for good health and quality of life.
Do you have a fear of the dentist?
Does the thought of sitting in a dentist’s chair and having your teeth examined concern you, or give you sleepless nights?
Have you been putting off dental work for years because you can’t bring yourself to make an appointment?
To meet patient needs, we at Smith Street Dental provide both Conscious Sedation in the practice and General Anaesthetic at Royal Darwin Hospital and Darwin Private Hospital. By using these treatment modalities we aim to provide relaxed, comfortable and pain-free treatment for both adults and children alike.
Conscious sedation can be considered safe, practical, and effective both for paediatric patients, fearful patients with low pain tolerance and for patients with intellectual disability.
There are several options for how your dentist can administer conscious sedation:
Inhalation Sedation — Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a light form of dental sedation.
Your dentist will administer the nitrous oxide through a mask that’s placed over your nose. As the gas is inhaled through the nose, you perceive less pain and experience feeling of euphoria.
Once the procedure is over, the nitrous oxide wears off almost immediately with virtually no effects or recovery time.
Oral Sedation — Depending on the strength of the prescription, oral medication produces a light to moderate level of sedation. Oral sedation usually comes in tablet form, and is taken an hour before the procedure. Although you’ll be able to respond to your dentist, you may feel sleepy.
With this option, recovery time will be longer, and you won’t be able to drive from your appointment.
General Anaesthesia — is provided at Royal Darwin Hospital and Darwin Private Hospital in combination with an anaesthetist based at the hospital.
With GA you will be totally asleep for the entire procedure.
If you’d like additional information or to chat with one of our Dentists, please call us on 08 8981 9149 to arrange an appointment.