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GA / Sedation

INHALATION SEDATION (Happy Gas)

This is a mixture of Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen or a light anaesthetic agent.   A mask goes over your nose or you may be given Pentrox where you inhale through a tube (green whistle).

This certainly helps to remove the fear of dental procedures.  It makes you feel very relaxed and also very sleepy. You still remain semi-conscious, but you forget about the treatment afterwards.

It is a little like a light general anaesthetic and t works well on the very nervous clients.   It is very effective on clients who have a gag reflex.

Children find they can “go away with the fairies” while their dental treatment is carried out.

Please call the practice to enquire about Happy Gas.

General Anaesthetic

This can be arranged and is done at the local Buderim Private Hospital.   Please call the practice to enquire about having a General Anaesthetic.

ADVANTAGES

  1. Works well on dental phobic
  2. Allows difficult or traumatic dental procedures to be carried out with minimal upset to the patient
  3. Safer than general anaesthetic

DISADVANTAGES

  1. You cannot drive or operate any machinery or go to work for 30 minutes
  2. It is dependant on your medical history
  3. It does not work on everyone & there is a cost involved
  4. Unpredictable on some people

WILL I STILL NEED AN INJECTION IN THE MOUTH?
Yes, our aim is to provide pain free treatment and local anaesthetic is needed. However, while you are under gas/air, you will not be afraid of the injections and will not recall us administering this to you later.

CAN ANYONE HAVE A GAS/AIR?
It is a very safe technique for most patients. We will need to check your medical history /medications thoroughly to see if you are a suitable candidate for inhalation sedation. Obviously, if you feel unwell before the appointment, please notify your doctor.

INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE/AFTER

  1. You must not eat a heavy meal for at least 2 hours before, especially fatty food
  2. If you are very nervous you may want to come with a friend/relative, this is not essential for an adult, however a child must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
  3. We ask you to sit in the lounge /walk around for 30mins until you feel fully recovered to drive/work or operate machinery