Our Work Flow:
1. Consultation With Our Dentist
Whether you know what treatment you need; or you’d like to find out what options you have, this comprehensive consultation will leave you certain that you’ve considered all your options and you’ve made the right treatment choice for you. This discussion will allow us to plan the treatment and determine the cost.
2. Making a Personalized Plan
After the consultation we will design your personalized treatment plan to solve the issues we discussed. You will know the cost of the dental treatment, the length of time / cost of sedation required and how many appointments are required to reach your dental goal.
When your sedation date is set, our sedationist will contact you via phone to go over your medical history / medications and the specific instructions applicable to you. These may include ceasing or reducing a medication dose in the lead up to the procedure, the need to take another medication in the short term leading up to the procedure, fasting etc.
4. It's Time to Dream
Present to your sedation appointment and let us worry about the rest.
Your accompanying carer will need to stay with us while you are treated.
After the treatment is completed you will be recovered under supervision until you are able to walk steadily for yourself (the process takes 15-30min) and you will be discharged to your awaiting carer.
Patients are not allowed to drive or be responsible for children for the rest of the day.
The Benefits of Sedation Over General Anaesthetic
The most common reason we hear about people avoiding the dentist is fear of the treatment; especially for surgical or long procedures. Until now, the only option available around the Mackay district to be ‘asleep’ during treatment was to be admitted to hospital for General Anaesthesia (GA).
However, there are few inherit problems with GA and the GA process
Disadvantages of GA:
Hospital admissions for GA are expensive
As a fairly fast rule, and certainly in the Mackay District, dentistry under GA is only carried out in the private hospital setting. Unsurprisingly, hospital admissions are expensive (especially for those without health insurance which includes them). The decision to perform a procedure under GA can easily add around $3000 in hospital costs.
For GA, a referral to a Specialist is often required
Not every doctor/dentist is registered to work in the private hospital setting. The process of ‘holding a spot’ on the hospital list is quite complicated; so unless it is used regularly, it doesn’t make sense to maintain it. As a result, it is mostly specialists that hold the GA slots at the hospital. In the instance of wisdom teeth for example, this may mean that for simple wisdom teeth that wouldn’t otherwise require a specialist, if you want the comfort of being asleep during the procedure, you would still require a specialist to perform the extraction.
The GA theatre environment is only set up for surgery
It’s no surprise that Surgical Theatres are set up for surgery. That is, they are easy for the operator to use for doing surgical things like extractions and implants but are very poorly set up for doing any other dental procedures including: fillings, root canal treatments, porcelain work, impressions or gum disease treatment. This means that in most instances these treatments are not available under GA.
There is no such thing as a short GA visit
In GA, the patient is either fully anaesthetised or fully awake. There is not a way to induce different levels of consciousness. Generally, this means that it is not done for short procedures like a single tooth extraction.
The benefits of IV Sedation:
Less costly than GA
Selecting to do a procedure under IV sedation does not increase the cost of the dental procedure. The additional cost will come in the form of an hourly rate paid to the anaesthetics doctor and a fixed initial fee to cover the sedatives and cannulation. The cost will depend on the duration of the procedure planned, but if compared on a wisdom tooth scenario for example, the cost can be nearly half as much as GA.
No outgoing referral needed
The dentist which designed your treatment, got to know your treatment objectives and best understands your situation can be the one looking after you through the whole process.
Treatment under sedation is done at the clinic
There is no better place to do dentistry than in the dental clinic. We have all our equipment handy, there is the ability to take x-rays mid procedure (not so with GA) and because you do not need to be intubated (the breathing tube placed in the throat or nose during GA) rubber dam can be used (essential for root canal treatment and preferred for fillings)
Variable levels of sedation and duration
IV sedation can be administered for short durations and is suitable for short procedures. Further, different levels of sedations can be achieved. This means that it can even be used for a very short and light session to eliminate the gag reflex of a severe gagger to get a dental impression.
IV sedation has a short recovery time
After IV sedation is ceased, a short observation period is required and then the patient is able to go home. However, an accompanying adult is still required, and the patient is not allowed to drive immediately after the procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who administers the sedation?
A doctor specialising in sedation (assisted by a medical nurse) will be administering the sedation.
With these dedicated medical professions focused on monitoring your comfort and well being you are completely safe.
Will I be asleep?
Twilight sedation can be adjusted to different levels. Unless requested otherwise, the level that patients are taken to for dental procedures means that you cannot feel or remember anything from the procedure.
When can I get my sedation done?
Due to the co-ordination required, sedation days are pre-booked on a regular basis. For your treatment you can sign-up to one of these pre-allocated dates.
Is this different to General Anaesthetic?
Yes. Generally, twilight sedation carries less risks than General Anaesthetics. During Twilight sedation you can still breathe for yourself and recovery is quicker. Admission to hospital is not required.
Can kids have treatment under IV sedation?
Kids must be over 12 years old and weigh more than 35kg