A mild dose of general anaesthesia is used to sedate you into a completely relaxed state
Despite its name, sleep dentistry doesn’t render you unconscious. Instead, a mild dose of general anaesthesia is used to sedate you into a completely relaxed state, entirely free of anxiety.
How it works
Sleep dentistry, also known as IV sedation or twilight sedation, works on the brain and the entire body to produce a ‘twilight state’. This means you will be completely relaxed, even sleepy, but will still be able to follow instructions from your dentist that might be necessary while performing the treatment.
Following sleep dentistry, you may find you cannot even remember the surgery or procedure, having completely forgotten everything that happened during sedation.
Because the dose is given intravenously, only a few dentists are qualified to offer the service and there are strict guidelines and regulations surrounding its use. If you decide to undergo sleep dentistry as part of your treatment, please check that the dentist is qualified and authorised to offer the service.
Once the surgery is completed, you should be free to leave in 30 minutes to an hour. However, due to the nature of the sedation, you will need an adult friend or family member to take you home and stay with you for the following 24 hours as the full effects wear off and the body recovers.