IV Sedation Dentistry | Brisbane

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IV Sedation Dentistry

Professional dental care while you drift off in a relaxing, sleepy, dream-like state.

Do you have a fear or phobia of dental procedures, that has stopped you from getting your dental care?

Happy Gas/Laughing Gas

Although we offer happy gas for our patients at Chermside Dental Care (Happy Gas Info Page), sometimes patients want to be ‘put under’. For this option, if we want to avoid a full hospital visit and GA, we now offer IV Sedation with a specialist Anaesthetist on-site at Chermside Dental Care in Brisbane’s North.

Intravenous (IV) Sedation Dentistry

We understand that some patients have had bad experiences in the past, and have a phobia of the dentist. We want to help our patients, so we have enlisted an Anaesthetist to help.

With our Anaesthetist at Chermside Dental Care in Brisbane, we are able to recommend twilight sedation, also known as IV (intravenous) sedation, for your dental procedures. IV sedation for dental procedures in Brisbane is a fantastic option for our patients.

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IV Sedation for dental patients in Brisbane is extremely safe and highly effective in ensuring your dental visit is relaxing and painless. Our Anaesthetic Specialist will give you safe IV anaesthetics to ease you into a sleepy, dream-like state for the whole procedure. You will be unaware of your surroudings with no memory of the procedure.

Conscious IV Sedation at Chermside Dental Care is all done in-house as a day procedure, without the risks, costs and time involved with having a general anaesthetic.

Costs start at $490 for the first hour (after medicare rebate). We can give you an accurate quote at your consultation appointment.

Patients that are suitable for IV Sedation include those who:

  • are anxious or have a fear/phobia of dental proceudres
  • have had bad experiences in the past
  • require complex dental treatments
  • have difficulty getting numb with local anaesthetic
  • have a strong gag reflex
  • have a needle phobia

Types of Procedures (Under IV Sedation)

How Does it Work?

IV Sedation for Dental in Brisbane is continuously monitored by ANZCA (Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists) hospital grade full monitoring along with intravenous fluids as well as 100% oxygen therapy during the entire procedure. There will be a continuous infusion of IV anaesthetic, sedative and pain relieving medications via a small IV cannula/drip placed in your arm. The medications are quick and effective, and you will be in a relaxed, sleepy and pleasant dream-like state. You will be comfortable and unaware of your surroundings and have no recollection of the procedure. Comprehensive continuous patient monitoring will be performed which includes CO2 levels, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, heart rate and ECG. Although IV Sedation at Chermside Dental Care in Brisbane will be extremely safe, there will be emergency and resuscitation medications and equipment available in the clinic in accordance with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetics (ANZCA) guidelines.

Are There Side Effects?

Side effects are rare. A very small minority of patients have dream-like recollections of the experience but these are not distressing. IV sedation is generally well tolerated, with transient side-effects which can include dizziness and nausea.

Contraindications to IV Sedation

There are some relative contraindications where we won’t be able to provide IV sedation.

These include:

  • Pregnant patients
  • Age below 15
  • Diagnosed Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
  • BMI greater than 40
  • Unstable medical conditions

How do I start?

If you are interested, the first step is to contact us. One of our dedicated dentists will be able to answer your questions and discuss the treatment that best suits you in person. You can give us a call on 3359 1611, or book a consultation online instantly.