Sedation & Anaesthesia

Queen Street Dental was a pioneer in offering a full suite of sedation and anaesthesia options
for patients, who for a variety of reasons, benefit from the heightened levels of relaxation these
treatment options offer.

As a result of additional dental education and training, and an investment in special facilities and technology, our practice
continues to be a leader in this specialised field of dental care. 

For those patients anxious about their treatment, our overriding priority is to earn your trust and confidence by openly discussing
your concerns and devising caring and compassionate treatment plans that progressively build your comfort levels with each
successive visit.

Some patients may understandably have histories of dental anxiety triggered by past experiences. Following an initial
consultation, we may recommend some of these patients undergo treatment under one of the sedation or anaesthesia options
we can offer. A patient’s suitability to undergo these treatment options will be fully assessed, and a solution then tailored to their
individual circumstances.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide, or “laughing gas” is long-standing and effective relaxing treatment for patients experiencing milder forms
of anxiety. Under this treatment, Nitrous Oxide is inhaled nasally through a comfortable and non-intrusive nose piece during
the dental procedure. There are no discernable side-effects from this treatment, apart from an enhanced sense of relaxation.
You are awake and able to fully converse with your dentist during this treatment. It is a short-acting relaxant and you are free
to drive from the clinic following this treatment.

The following two sedative treatment options are more suited to those patients with more developed dental anxieties,
or for those requiring a significant amount of dental work in a single, long session, but are apprehensive about the amount
of treatment involved.

 

Intravenous (IV) Sedation

Under this form of treatment, a sedation medication is administered into your arm or hand, providing an immediate and deep relaxation. The dosage administered during treatment can be varied to meet individual anxiety levels of patients.

It is sometimes referred to as “Twilight or Sleep Sedation”, as although you are not fully unconscious you remain largely unaware
of what is occurring around you and in most instances, will have little or no recollection, of your dental treatment.

IV Sedation is administered by your treating dentist who has completed additional post-graduate studies and training to gain qualifications in sedation practice.

A short fasting period is required prior to this treatment and patients cannot drive away from their appointment. You will need to be picked up by a responsible adult by private vehicle or taxi.

Generally most patients will feel a little light-headed for only a few hours after treatment, but you are advised not to return to
work that day.

Patients undergoing IV Sedation are required to complete a medical check-list immediately prior to the appointment.

 

General Anaesthesia

Queen Street Dental is the only general dental practice in the Brisbane CBD to incorporate a purpose-built dental theatre for patients electing to be treated under General Anaesthesia. Under this form of treatment a general anaesthetic is administered by a specialist medical anaesthetist, who is supported by a qualified theatre nurse.

This form of treatment, along with IV Sedation, are often used in instances where a significant amount of dental work is needed.
As the practice’s consulting anaesthetists are scheduled to work at our clinic only six times a month, booking lead times for this procedure are longer than for general dental and IV Sedation appointments. So we advise you to contact our reception staff as
early as possible if you a looking to plan an appointment for General Anaesthesia.

 

Costs

Both IV Sedation and General Anaesthesia treatments involve additional costs on top of the charges for your dental treatment.
While they vary based on your individual treatment needs, these will be fully discussed with you at your consultation appointment.

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