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Sedation & Anxiety

Relax, We're Here To Help!

Are you anxious about dental treatment? At Central Brisbane Dental, we are conscious of the fact that some patients are a little less than relaxed about a visit to the dentist. We go to great lengths to ensure that every visit you have with us is as pleasant as possible. From the moment you enter our practice, our staff are concerned about your comfort and wellbeing. Our dentists will take the time to explain everything to you.

All the necessary precautions are taken to ensure your treatment is performed to the highest standard of care with your comfort always in mind. We have projectors in the surgeries so you can relax and watch your favourite DVDs while your treatment is performed. Some people however may still feel a little anxious about their treatment and so we are pleased to be able to offer options to help you relax.

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More information about sedation and anxiety

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No Need To Be Nervous.

Some people benefit from taking oral sedatives such as valium the night before their appointment and again on the morning of their appointment. This medication has a relaxing effect and makes people feel much happier and less apprehensive about their treatment.

Another simple form of relaxation is to use a Penthrox puffer (Methoxyfluorane). This drug is the modern version of happy gas and has been included in ambulance first aid kits for many years. It is commonly seen being used by sport stars who have been injured while being helped from the sporting field. Penthrox allows you to relax before and during your appointment and also provides a strong pain-relieving effect, making it perfect for use before some local anaesthetic injections.

Is This Going To Hurt?

We don’t want you to be stressed out, anxious or in any pain. We have a range of options available to us to ensure you are comfortable and relaxed as possible. Here are some of the things we have to make you feel at ease:

  • Warm, friendly, helpful staff
  • Dentists who will take the time to make sure you are fine
  • Pop culture displays to make the practice less dentist-like
  • Projectors in each room playing your favourite DVD
  • Oral sedation such as valium
  • Gas sedation with Penthrox puffer
  • Pain relief medications and local anaesthetics
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Let Us Take Care Of You!

The sedation options available at Central Brisbane Dental are suitable for almost anyone and have few side effects. Your dentist can discuss the options with you and determine which medication would be best suited to you.

It is important to note that due to the effects of sedation you must not drive after taking any of these medications. Instead you should plan to be escorted to and from our practice on the day of your treatment.

If you do have other concerns about a dental procedure you are about to undergo, then please give us a call so we can talk you through your different options.

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Are You Looking For A Pain-free Dentist?

Many patients fear the dentist. Most often it is because of a fear of pain or feeling something. When discussing dental treatment we are often asked, “Is this procedure pain-free?” or “Will I feel any pain or discomfort from this?”. Patients want to see a pain-free dentist so to speak. They want to have a pain-free dental appointment. Fortunately, most procedures at our Brisbane CBD dental clinic can be done in a gentle manner. Teeth cleaning is done with ultrasonic scalers with rounded tips which use vibrations to remove plaque and calculus, not old-fashioned scraping of the tooth surfaces with sharp instruments. Small to medium-sized fillings can be done with extra tiny rounded burs which the patient cannot feel due to their small size. Of course, local anaesthetic can be provided if required. Some patients for more complex procedures ask, “Can you knock me out for this?”. At our Brisbane CBD dental clinic, we provide sedation dentistry. What to expect when it comes to sedation dentistry at our Brisbane CBD dental clinic? We can provide oral sedation in the form of a script for a tablet you can take such as Valium. This can allow patients to sleep better the night before the procedure and feel more at ease during the procedure. We also provide inhalation sedation in the form of a Penthrox inhaler. This can be thought of as the modern form of happy gas. Patients breathe through the Penthrox inhaler to achieve a dream-like state which also helps relieve pain. As you control the amount of gas you breathe in and you simply breathe out any excess, there are no major side effects. The cost of sedation dentistry with Penthrox is usually $160 per appointment. Oral sedation dentistry and inhalation sedation dentistry are categorised as conscious sedation dentistry. Conscious sedation dentistry means you are awake, but sedated and don’t really care about what is happening. This is more than enough for most patients. If you a looking for sleep dentistry such as twilight sedation or IV sedation or dentistry under full general anaesthetic, we can refer you to the appropriate dental specialist.