For many patients, a trip to the dentist will result in anxiety, fear and an overall feeling of panic, resulting in extensive and costly dental treatments due to leaving required treatment for lengthy periods of time. Are you that patient that always has the thought “why can’t I just be put to sleep and have it all done in the one visit”. Well, the good news? at Skye Dental, you can. We are one of the few general dental surgeries in Brisbane that offer Twilight Sedation/Sleep Dentistry.
What Is Twilight Anaesthesia?
Twilight Anaesthesia is an anaesthetic technique that uses mild doses of drugs to block pain, reduce anxiety, and provide a temporary memory loss, thus enabling patients to feel comfortable during and after surgical procedures. With twilight anaesthesia a patient is sedated but remains conscious in what’s commonly referred to as a “twilight state”. The patient is sleepy but still responsive and able to follow direction or communicate with their surgeon. Typically, a local anaesthetic that’s applied to the surgical site is used in conjunction with twilight anaesthesia to ensure a pain-free experience for the patient.
The drugs used in twilight anaesthesia are similar to those used in general anaesthesia, but the doses are lower. Specific drugs commonly used include: fentanyl, valium, ketamine, midazolam, or nitrous oxide (laughing gas). These drugs can be reversed quickly, so the patient can be woken up in a matter of minutes.
How Does Twilight Anesthesia Differ From General Anesthesia?
The primary difference between general and twilight anaesthesia is the degree of consciousness of the patient. In general anaesthesia patients are put in an induced coma making them completely unconscious; resulting in the loss of control of reflexes and the autonomic nervous system. While under general anaesthesia, patient’s breath with the help of a ventilator as their normal muscular functions may become impaired making it necessary for breathing tubes and a ventilator to be used.
In contrast, twilight anaesthesia, patients remain semi-conscious and ventilation is not required.
Is Twilight Anesthesia Better Than General Anesthesia?
Overall, twilight anaesthesia has many benefits compared to traditional techniques including:
- Ventilation is not required
- Quicker average recovery times
- Reduced general anaesthesia – based side effects like nausea and vomiting
- Reduced risk of complications
If this sounds like something of interest to you, simply give our friendly reception a call to organise an initial consultation and discuss further. It can be advantageous to book a comprehensive check prior to undergoing treatment.
To find out more information about Skye Dental’s twilight anaesthesia in Brisbane, please get in contact with our friendly team on 07 3823 1896 or use our simple online booking system to make an appointment.