Sleep Dentistry

What is Intravenous Sedation?

Intravenous sedation in dentistry is very safe and highly effective and will make your dental visit a relaxing, sleepy and comfortable experience. It is also known as twilight sedation, sleep dentistry or twilight anaesthesia. A combination of intravenous anaesthetic, sedative and pain relieving medications is administered to create a very sleepy and pleasant dream-like state for the whole procedure so that you will be relaxed, comfortable and unaware of your surroundings while still maintaining the ability to breathe on your own, move and able to obey commands. The vast majority of people have no memory of the procedure. Memory before and after IV sedation is usually not affected. Patients often comment that the whole procedure has passed in only a few minutes when in reality it may have been several hours.

Who Can Benefit From IV Sedation?

Intravenous sedation is available and very effective for any dental procedure on the Gold Coast. It is suitable and extremely safe for most people. No procedure is too small for IV sedation.

The benefits of intravenous sedation are effective for all dental patients of Oasis Dental Studio, especially those who:

  • Have dental phobia, anxiety or are nervous about dental treatments, and normally avoid going to the dentist
  • Dislike needles, drills, pain/discomfort, sights, sounds/noises, tastes or smells associated with their dental procedures

Twilight sedation is especially useful for Gold Coast dental patients requiring the following dental services:

How is IV Sedation Performed?

Our highly experienced medical anaesthetist, Dr Kim, will monitor you with the hospital-grade monitoring equipment recommended by the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) during the entire intravenous sedation and dental procedure.

An anaesthetic syringe driver, routinely used in all hospital theatres in Australia, will administer an accurate and continuous infusion of intravenous anaesthetic, sedative and pain relieving medications via a small IV cannula/drip placed in your arm or hand. The intravenous medications work quickly and are very effective, allowing you to drift off into a relaxed, sleepy and pleasant dream-like state where you will be comfortable and unaware of your surroundings. The vast majority of patients usually have no recollection of the procedure. Local anaesthetic and/or any nerve blocks (for intra-operative and post-operative pain relief) are only administered once intravenous sedation is working so that there is no awareness and no memory of the needles or dental procedure.

What are the Side Effects of IV Sedation?

IV Sedation is very well tolerated and side effects and complications are rare. A very small minority of patients have dream-like recollections of the experience and can recall features of the dental clinic or verbal conversations, but these are not distressing.

Transient minor side-effects can include dizziness and nausea. Intravenous anti-nausea medications are also given prophylactically so the risk of nausea is extremely low.

Intravenous sedation is extremely safe for most people and is suitable for any dental procedure. 

Contact Oasis Dental Today for Gold Coast’s Trusted Sleep Dentist

If you’re looking for an experienced dentist for intravenous sedation on the Gold Coast, contact one of our studios today to book a consultation:

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