Different sedation modalities are available at Vision Periodontics for patients to enhance patient experience and comfort. Patients with dental phobia or anxiety, patients with underlying systemic conditions, patients undergoing major oral/periodontal operations, or a combination of these will benefit most from various levels of sedation.

1. Oral Sedation (Level 1)

Valium Tablets or similar medication, is when tablets are swallowed pre-operatively to reduce anxiety.  Typically, these are type of medication called Benzodiazepines. The tablets for oral sedation may be prescribed by your periodontist or medical GP.  They can write a prescription containing clear “instructions for use” for you to take to a pharmacy to have dispensed.

Using oral sedation techniques will allow patients to visit us in a stress-reduced state, where their fear and anxiety would otherwise impede their ability to seek and maintain proper oral health care. To date, this modality has been proven to be not only safe but very effective. Proper medication selection and patient management, however, are paramount to maintaining this safe practice.

2. Inhalation Sedation or Happy Gas (Nitrous Oxide) (Level 2)

Nitrous Oxide, known as laughing gas is given to some patients to help them relax during their dental/periodontal visits.  Nitrous Oxide is a blend of oxygen and nitrous oxide, which is administered through a small breathing mask that is placed over the nose.  This allows you to relax and remain comfortable without being put to sleep.  This technique is recognised by the Australian Dental Association as very safe and effective.

For more info, please click on this link: https://www.dentalfearcentral.org/help/sedation-dentistry/laughing-gas/

3. Conscious sedation or I.V. Sedation (Level 3)

Intravenous Sedation (IV Sedation) is introduced into your bloodstream via an intravenous catheter which is inserted into a vein, usually around the inside bend of your elbow (antecubital fossa) or your hand.  This requires another clinician (generally a medical doctor as a qualified anaesthetist) to administer the medication and monitor you throughout the procedure. An appointment will be made with Dr Mehdi Valizadeh and Dr Christine Troy (medical doctor) for the procedure to be performed at our surgery. 

To read more, please click on this link: Conscious Sedation: Definition, Procedures, Side Effects, and More (healthline.com)

4. General anaesthetic (Level 4)

Clin. A/Prof. Valizadeh operates at Southbank Day Hospital on Tuesday afternoons with registered specialist anaesthetist (Dr Rowan Drayton) to deliver treatment to some patients under general anaesthetic.

Southbank Day Surgery – Nexus Hospitals

This will usually be given by an injection into the arm or the back of the hand, with the anaesthetic causing you to lose complete consciousness.