Scared of the Dentist? Twilight Sedation might be the cure!


Scared of the Dentist? Twilight Sedation might be the cure!

People accept that visits to the dentist aren’t exactly fun. The idea of visiting a dentist is enough to fill them with anxiety and fear. Dental anxiety is extremely common. Fortunately, sedation dentistry such as; Twilight Sedation – IV Sedation – Sleep Dentistry – Capalaba Dental Practice’s very own Skye Dental has all the options!  With our patients best interests at heart, we are here to help ensure you’re feeling more comfortable during your visits. At Skye Dental Brisbane we provide all three anxiety management solutions. If you’re a patient struggling with dental anxiety, be sure to consult our team at Skye Dental Brisbane, together we can decide on the best and most comfortable solution for you.

Oral Sedation

Depending on the total dose given, oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. This oral medication is taken about one hour before the procedure. The medication will make you drowsy, although you’ll still be awake. You need a companion to accompany you to and from your dental appointment.  Some people become groggy enough from moderate oral sedation to actually fall asleep during the procedure.

Conscious IV Twilight Sedation

Twilight sedation at Skye Dental Brisbane, is administered by a professional anesthetist, who puts a little drip in your arm. This is the best type of sedation for the more anxious patient who doesn’t want to remember anything from their procedure. It has a quicker recovery time than going under general anesthesia at the hospital.

Preparing for Conscious IV Twilight Sedation

It is recommended not to drink or eat anything at least six hours before your visit, while have Twilight Sedation. Your dentist at Skye Dental Brisbane can provide you with more specific details on eating and drinking, including when to stop, based on the time of your visit. Your dentist at Skye Dental Brisbane will give you specific instructions about any medications you might take. You may have to stop taking some medicines before your Twilight Sedation.

IV sedation won’t put you completely under, you are likely to feel pretty groggy for some time after your visit. Have a friend or family member bring you to Skye Dental Brisbane and, more importantly, drive you home afterwards. It’s a good idea to avoid scheduling anything for the rest of the day so you can rest. You won’t be completely asleep during your visit or procedure when you receive IV sedation. You may be able to follow basic commands and will respond if the dentist touches you.

If your dentist at Skye Dental Brisbane is performing a procedure that requires a local anesthetic, such as filling a cavity, the anesthetic will be given after the twilight sedation has taken effect. At Skye Dental Brisbane we give you a comfortable blanket to keep you warm and pop on some relaxing music to help soothe you before your sleep during your Twilight Sedation .

Inhalation Sedation – Happy Gas

Happy gas is a gentle, calming, easy, safe and popular way of alleviating anxiety to soothe stress and calm nerves, which is an alternative treatment option to Twilight Sedation. Odorless, it is administrated as a mixed gas involving both oxygen and nitrous oxide and is inhaled through a small mask over the nose. Nitrous oxide can also be used for children and adults to help make the dental experience more comfortable. When the treatment is over, the effects wear off within 5 minutes. If you have to jump in your car, it is safe to do so, once the effects have worn off!

After your dentist at Skye Dental Brisbane has fit the small mask over your nose, you breathe in the gas as you would breathe normally, and over a period of five minutes, you’ll start to feel relaxed. People often get the giggles, which is why it’s called ‘happy gas’. Your dentist can adjust the level of sedation quickly and easily, so if you’re feeling too relaxed or not relaxed enough, your dentist can easily make you comfortable.


Don’t let fear hold you back from ensuring good oral health. With Skye Dental’s dental anxiety management, you’re guaranteed a gentle, friendly and quality service. Our staff are happy to talk over the phone about the options Twilight Sedation – IV Sedation – Sleep Dentistry – Capalaba’s very own Skye Dental Brisbane. To find out more about our services, please get in contact with our friendly team on 07 3823 1896 or use our simple online booking system to make an appointment.


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