How Sedation Works
2 Options Are Available For a Relaxed and Sleepy Dental Visit:
- Taking a pill 1 hour before the procedure
This will help you to relax and just takes 'the edge' off. Almost like a strong sleeping tablet. Someone must accompany you to provide transport to and from the surgery.
Cost: The price of the tablet
- Being completely ‘asleep’ during the procedure
This option is very popular, especially amongst children. We get a Sedation doctor out on-site to help you into dreamland. You get a drip in your hand (and YES, this is painless as you get a ‘numbing sticker’ placed on the area first) through which all the drugs are being given to you intravenously. The drugs work to help you being asleep. You will experience a drunken state of mind and cannot remember anything during or after the procedure. This loss of memory is why we call it 5 minute dentistry, because to you everything will feel like 5 minutes!
Would I Be Completely Asleep Or Just Groggy?
You will not be completely unconscious as then it is called general anesthesia and gets done in hospital. With sedation dentistry you can still breath on your own and this makes the procedure very SAFE!
How Long Does The Sedation Last?
As long as we would want it to. The moment we stop the drugs, you slowly start to come to your senses. This means that you are asleep in about less than 1 minute after the drip is put on.
Do You Still Use Local Anesthesia During Sedation?
Yes, because this will help to calm the tooth down and keeps the area around the teeth dry and prevent gums from bleeding as this often happens during dental work. The injection contains adrenalin that contract blood vessels. You will not know about the injection at all.
In today’s modern world Sedation dentistry is very popular and a lot of the times it is given to children. This is really a great option! I cannot even imagine how to do dentistry without it! The only downfall is that it is an extra expense. (+- R3500 per hour for option 2 (2017 fees).
Contact us to get the latest fees.
The cost normally is worked out depending on the time. Most medical aids cover this treatment, but you have to get pre-authorization. Trust me, you’ll love it!