Village Dental Care

IV Sedation / Sleep Dentistry

Overcoming Dental Anxiety with Expert Care in Bowral

Dental anxiety prevents many people to avoid dental treatment causing them to suffer from debilitating pain and embarrassment. We have helped thousands of patients manage their anxiety so that they can overcome their dental anxiety and receive the dental care they need. The transformation of such patients into healthy and confident patients is one of the most rewarding experiences in dentistry. Dr Tan is certified by the Dental Board of Australia to perform IV sedation. He has a Postgraduate Diploma in Conscious Sedation and Pain Control from Sydney University. The team at Village Dental Care have almost 20 years of experience in managing anxious dental patients through various means. the practice offers a compassionate approach to dental pain and anxiety management, ensuring that your visit is as stress free as possible.

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Comprehensive Sedation Options Tailored to You

Our practice is equipped with a range of sedation dentistry options to suit every patient’s needs, ensuring a comfortable and relaxing experience. Dr. Tan’s expertise in administering various types of sedation, combined with his certification by the Dental Board of Australia, makes Village Dental Care a premier destination for anxiety-free dentistry.

Intravenous (IV) Sedation: The Path to Deep Relaxation

IV sedation, also known as twilight sedation, involves administering sedative drugs directly into the bloodstream. This method offers a deeper level of sedation, where you remain conscious but in a state of profound relaxation. It’s ideal for patients with significant dental anxiety, longer procedures, or those who wish to have multiple treatments in a single visit. IV sedation’s rapid onset and the ability to adjust sedation levels throughout the procedure make it a preferred choice for many.

Oral Sedation: Ease and Comfort

Oral sedation involves taking a prescribed sedative pill before your appointment. This method is suitable for patients with mild to moderate anxiety, providing a level of relaxation that allows you to be awake but significantly more at ease. The simplicity and effectiveness of oral sedation make it a popular option for those seeking to alleviate dental fears without the need for IV sedation.

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Nitrous Oxide Sedation: The Gentle Option

Nitrous oxide is a great modality to help anxious patients ease into dental treatment. It is a very safe form of anxiety and pain control. Many pediatric patients have benefited form the use of “happy gas” for fillings and extractions.

Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide sedation is administered through a mask that fits over your nose. It helps to calm nerves and reduce discomfort during dental procedures. Nitrous oxide’s main advantage is its ability to offer immediate relaxation effects that can be easily controlled and quickly wears off after the mask is removed. This sedation option is particularly suitable for patients who need a slight reduction in anxiety and a quick recovery time post-procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

IV sedation, or intravenous sedation, involves administering sedative medications directly into the bloodstream through a vein. This allows patients to enter a state of deep relaxation during dental procedures. You’ll remain conscious and able to respond to verbal cues, but you may not remember much of the procedure afterward, providing an anxiety-free experience.

Yes, IV sedation is safe when administered by a qualified and experienced professional like Dr. Justin Tan, who is certified by the Dental Board of Australia. Our team closely monitors your vital signs and comfort throughout the procedure to ensure your safety. All patient are also thoroughly assessed to ensure that they are medically fit to undergo intravenous sedation.

IV sedation is ideal for patients with moderate to severe dental anxiety, those undergoing lengthy or complex dental procedures, or individuals with a strong gag reflex that interferes with dental treatment. A pre-treatment consultation with Dr. Tan will help determine if IV sedation is right for you.

Oral sedation involves taking a prescribed sedative pill before your dental appointment, leading to a moderate level of sedation. While oral sedation is less invasive than IV sedation, it may not provide the same depth of relaxation. IV sedation offers a more controllable and immediate effect, making it suitable for higher levels of anxiety and more complex procedures.

No, patients who receive IV sedation or oral sedation will need someone to drive them home after their procedure. The effects of the sedation can linger for several hours, making it unsafe to drive or operate heavy machinery. However, patients who receive nitrous oxide sedation may drive themselves home, as the effects wear off quickly once the gas is stopped.

Nitrous oxide, often referred to as laughing gas, is a mild sedative gas that is inhaled through a mask over the nose. It induces a relaxed feeling, helping to reduce anxiety and discomfort during dental procedures. The effects of nitrous oxide are mild and wear off quickly after the mask is removed, allowing patients to resume their normal activities shortly after their appointment.

Tailoring Sedation to Your Needs

At Village Dental Care, we prioritise your comfort and safety above all. Before recommending a sedation method, Dr. Tan and our team will conduct a thorough assessment of your anxiety levels, dental history, and specific needs. This personalised approach ensures that you receive the most appropriate and effective sedation for a comfortable dental experience.

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    If dental anxiety has been keeping you from achieving optimal oral health, let Village Dental Care help you overcome your fears. Contact us to learn more about our sedation dentistry options and how we can make your next dental visit a comfortable and positive experience.