What is Sedation Dentistry?

With sedation, a drug is administread before or during the dental procedure to calm a patient or to make patients more comfortable during long procedures.

Sedation Dentistry


Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

If a visit to the dentist makes you apprehensive, nervous or anxious - you are not alone. Sedation dentistry is helpful for individuals who have fear or phobia of visiting the dentist, allowing even the most uncomfortable patient to overcome their fear and anxiety. With a relaxed patient, treatment is easier for both the patient and the dentist, as it allows the patient to rest, enabling our team to focus solely on the procedure.

How is the Procedure Carried Out?

At Family Dental Centre, we offer two types of sedation dentistry:

  • Inhalation Sedation - This involves breathing in nitrous oxide, what we call 'happy air' through a nosepiece to produce a pleasant, relaxed and calming effect. This reduces fear and anxiety and also increases the amount of anaesthesia a patient feels, enabling them to better tolerate injections or other potentially uncomfortable procedures. Inhalation sedation is generally safe in the hands of a trained dentist and its effects almost instantly wear off once the procedure is finished.
  • Intravenous Sedation - Intravenous (IV) sedation induces a state of deeper relaxation to allow patients to cope with longer or more complex procedures. It involves administering a sedative through a vein, allowing the medication to work very quickly. Since it is administered intravenously, the dentist is able to adjust the level of IV sedation as needed for the procedure. This makes it easy to tailor the amount of sedative used to the specific patient, reducing the risk of complications and side effects. While you will still be in a semi-awake state and you will probably be able to communicate with the dentist, most patients have little or even no memory of the procedure when IV sedation is used. IV sedation is carried by a certified anaesthetist who will monitor the patient throughout the duration of the procedure.
What are the Dental Procedures using Inhalation Sedation?

Common dental procedures where inhalation sedation is beneficial:

  • Paediatric dental treatments
  • General restorative dentistry such as fillings and extractions
  • Root canal treatments
What are the Dental Procedures using IV Sedation?

Common dental procedures where intravenous sedation is benefical:

  • Implant and bone grafting surgery
  • Wisdom teeth removal/extraction surgery
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Growth, cyts and tumour surgery
  • Minor oral surgery procedures
Pre-and Post-Procedure Instructions

For inhalation sedation, there is no pre-procedure instructions required. However, please infrom your dentist or nurse if yout are feeling unwell or having a cold or blocked nose on the day of your procedure.


Pre-procedure instructions for intravenous (IV) sedation:

  • You are required to fast (no food and drink) for at least 6 hours prior to surgery. The last meal should be light as easily digestible.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing with short sleeves.
  • Refrain from wearing contact lens, nail polish and remove all jewellery.
  • Inform the clinic shoul you develop a cold, flu, sore throat or feeling unwell 24 hours prior to your appointment.
  • Unless otherwise instructed by your dentist, you can take your regular medications prior to surgery with a small amount of water
  • You must be escorted by a responsible and able-bodieed adult who will stay until your traetment is complete and will take you home afterwards. We will not be able to proceed with the treatment unless the patient has a sutable escort.
Post procedure instructions for intravenous (IV) sedation:

Please rest at home until the following day. During this time you should:

  • Avoid operating any machinery, electrical or domestic appliances/devices
  • Liquids may be consumed as soon as possible. Begin with small frequent quantities of clear fluids such as water, juice or soda. Avoid dairy products at first and slowly progress from liquids to soups to solid food.
  • Avoid to consuming alcohol and/or smoking for at least 24 hours after surgery. Resume taking any prescribed medications once you are drinking fluids.

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Who Should Consider Sedation Dentistry?

Factors or instances that make you a good candidate for sedation dentistry where a patient has:

  • Phobia related to dental procedures
  • Bad experiences with dental procedures in the past
  • Particularly sensitive oral nerves
  • Resistance to local anesthetic
  • Physical limitation preventing them from holding their jaw at a certain angle, such as neck and back problems
  • General anxiety disorder
Contact Us

If you recognise yourself in any of the above situations, consider asking your dentist about sedation dentistry. During the consultation, your dentist will review your health history and answer all the questions you might have. He or she will be able to advise you on the type of anaesthesia which is best for you. Call us at 1800-Dentist (1800-336 8478)  or email enquiry@fdc.com.sg to schedule for a consultation session.

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