Sedation Dentist Perth

Are you one of the 1 in 6 adults in Australia who experience dental anxiety? If you or a loved one have a fear of the dentist and are in need of treatment, please know our sedation dentist in Perth is here to help you maintain optimal oral health without fear or stress.

What is Sedation?

At Genesis Dental, we understand that some dental treatments may cause you a bit of anxiety. We're here to make sure that every step of your treatment is as comfortable as possible. We offer three types of sedation options to take the worry out of any dental visit.

  • Inhalation Sedation, also known as happy gas, involves continuous breathing of Nitrous Oxide – a colourless, slightly sweet smelling gas.
  • Oral sedation is a drug that you take in tablet or liquid form an hour before your appointment.
  • Intravenous (IV) Sedation involves a small injection of sedative into your arm (sometimes known as ‘twilight sedation’ or ‘sleep dentistry’).

What You Need to Know About Sedation:

It is important to understand your dental and medical histor and any Medications you are currently taking. You will need a single appointment for Inhalation Sedation and Oral Sedation. Sedation may involve a separate consultation visit. If you’re taking oral sedation, you will be prescribed this prior to your appointment and will be required to take this an hour before your appointment

How Long does it take?

  • Inhalation Sedation takes minutes to start working
  • Oral Sedation takes up to an hour to begin working
  • Sedation usually takes a few minutes to start working

After your appointment Inhalation sedation has no after effects and usually wears off quickly after. Oral or sedation will likely leave you feeling drowsy afterwards. You will need to arrange someone to take you home and look after you as you won’t be able to drive or operate machinery for 24 hours after the sedation.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is the highest level of conscious sedation you can undergo in the dental office setting.

The procedure involves sedative medication administered by a medical professional and delivered directly into your bloodstream via an IV line.

During the sedation procedure, your anaesthetist will continually monitor your blood pressure, oxygen levels, and heart rate to ensure a safe, effective treatment. The dosage can be adjusted at any point and the treatment involves minimal downtime or side effects. Most individuals who undergo Sedation fall asleep quickly, wake up quickly after the procedure, and have minimal memory of the procedure upon waking up.

Special Considerations with Sedation

Sedation is an especially beneficial option for individuals with an extreme fear of the dentist or who need to undergo a longer or more complicated procedure.

Sedation dentistry can be used safely and effectively for a wide range of procedures, including cleaning, fillings and tooth extractions.

During an initial consultation, your dentist will discuss your medical history, answer any questions, and ask about any supplements or medications you take. Once your dentist has analysed your health history and recorded your medical history, sedation recommendations will be suggested based on your needs, health, and concerns.

In general, you should avoid eating or drinking anything for at least six hours prior to your appointment. Follow your dentist’s instructions regarding any medications you take.

Always inform your dentist of any blood thinners you take as these medications may need to be stopped for a few days prior to the procedure.

dentist preparing for IV sedation

More About Sedation and Dental Anxiety

Sedation dentistry offers a convenient, effective, and safe way to receive dental treatment for patients who are unable to cope with dental visits. Our team of caring dental professionals is highly experienced in providing treatment using Sedation so you can have a healthy smile without the stress.

Benefits of sedation dentistry include:

  • Decreased pain and discomfort during treatment
  • Decreased dental anxiety
  • Increased patient cooperation
  • Improved oral health

Sedation Dentistry can be an ideal option for individuals who:

  • Prefer to be asleep during dental procedures
  • Have extreme teeth sensitivity or low pain tolerance
  • Are aggressive or uncooperative during dental treatments
  • Are physically or cognitively impaired
  • Experience immense dread during dental treatment
  • Avoid dental care due to fear

  • Have a fear of needles

  • Feel claustrophobic in the dental chair

  • Have an overly sensitive gag reflex

  • Experience intense fear or anxiety surrounding dental appointments

Using sedation during dental treatment offers significant benefits for patients who avoid dental work or experience fear during dental treatments. Our caring team possesses years of experience providing dental treatment to patients under Sedation.


What Is The Sedation Process Like?

After a thorough medical evaluation by an anesthetist, IV sedation can be used to help you fall asleep quickly and be comfortable throughout the dental procedure.

Which Dental Procedures Can Be Performed Under IV Sedation?

Sedation dentistry is ideal for a wide variety of dental treatments, including tooth extractions, cleanings, dental appointments, examinations, x-rays, and more.

Are There Any Side Effects With Sedation Dentistry?

All medical procedures have a risk of side effects. However, most patients report feeling normal shortly after waking up from IV Sedation. Common side effects include dry mouth, headaches, nausea, and grogginess. These should wear off quickly, usually within an hour or so of waking up. Plan to have a trusted family member or friend drive you home following treatment.