Sleep Dentistry involves the use of intravenous medication administered and supervised by a specialist anaesthetist. A combination of sedative and pain relieving medication help create a drowsy and dream-like state of relaxation for the duration of your procedure. Sleep dentistry allows your dentist to care for you at their clinic, and is safer than undergoing a full general anaesthetic. Most people remember very little of their dental procedure.
You will be attached to monitoring, which will assess your pulse, blood pressure, oxygen level and breathing. You will also have a small cannula inserted in your hand/arm. You will then be covered with your blanket, and will drift off into a very relaxed state, as the sedative medication takes effect.
This dream-like state is in between being awake and being asleep, and you will find it warm, pleasant and very calming.
The medication will be given in small doses throughout your procedure to ensure that you remain in this relaxed and sleepy state until your procedure has finished.