What kinds of sedation dentistry do you offer?

What kinds of sedation dentistry do you offer?
2 Options are available for a relax and sleepy dental visit:
1)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 mustaccompany you to provide transport to and from thesurgery.
Cost: The price of the tablet
2)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 dripin your hand ( and YES, this is painless as you get a ‘numbing sticker’
on your hand first (on request)) andallthe drugs are being given toyou intravenously.
The drugs workto help you being asleep. You will experience a
state of mind and cannot remember anything during or after the
procedure.This loss of memory is why we call it5
minute dentistry,
because to you everything willfeel 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 stillbreath on
your own and this makes theprocedurevery SAFE.

How long does the sedation last?
As long as we would want it to. The moment we stop the drugs, you slowly
startto come to your senses. This means that you are asleep in about less
than 1 minute after the drip is put on.)

Do we 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 verypopular and alot of the times it is
given tochildren. This is really agreatoption! I cannot even imagine how to do dentistry
without it!
The only downfall is that it is an extra expense. +- R2000 per hour for option 2
(2011 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!

Dr Francois Burger