IV Sedation is performed for many medical and dental procedures. In hospitals, it is very common for trained registered nurses to provide IV Sedation. For instance, a dentist, in Australia, to be endorsed as a conscious (IV) sedation and pain relief practitioner they need to complete a rigorous two year postgraduate degree. Additionally, they need to adhere to the strict guidelines and “set-up” their practice accordingly. Many dentists are unable to make such a commitment for many reasonable reasons. Simply put, it is very difficult and demanding to achieve the double qualification required. Therefore, they/you “hire” an anaesthetist to attend the dental practice whilst treatment is being performed. Consequently, it usually involves additional appointments, additional costs and restricted appointment scheduling.
Some Dental Practitioners provide ‘happy gas’ or oral sedatives as a substitute to Sleep Dentistry. There is a vast difference between the relaxing quality of nitrous oxide (happy gas) and oral sedatives, to the sedative properties used in genuine Sleep Dentistry!