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What is Relative Analgesia?

What is Relative Analgesia?

We are pleased to offer sedation and sleep dentistry in Singapore because we understand that not everyone loves dentistry like us

  • Nitrous Oxide Sedation
  • Intravenous Sedation

Nitrous Oxide Sedation / Inhalation Sedation

It is also referred as Relative Analgesia, RA, Happy Gas, Gas & Air, Nitrous or N2O. Nitrous Oxide sedation put simply is a gas that you can breathe in it has no colour, smell and doesn’t irritate.

Depending on the dose (administered and managed by your dentist) four levels of sedation can be experienced.

  • Tingling, especially in arms and legs or feeling of vibration/parasthesia
  • Warm sensations
  • Feeling of well-being, euphoria, floating, during heavy sedation hearing may dissolve into a constant electronic-like throbbing
  • At a deeper level again, sleepiness, difficulty to keep eyes open and/or speak.

Intravenous or Twilight Sedation

A mild dose of general anesthesia is used where the patient doesn’t become unconscious but simply becomes sedated. The patient is under a twilight state where the patient is relaxed and ‘sleepy’ but able to follow simple directions by the doctor and is responsive. Generally, twilight anesthesia causes the patient to forget the surgery and the time right after. This procedure is performed under the medical supervision of our specialist anesthetist.

The state of the art purpose built facilities provide the latest in technology, patient comfort and safety, on-demand entertainment and work place safety. Staff areas and waiting rooms complete the clinical areas along with a stylish board room facility providing a training venue. A lot of people are so phobic about going to the dentist that they prefer not to have any treatment.

For people who avoid dentists like the plague, sleep dentistry or sedation dentistry may take away some of their anxiety. Sedation can be used for everything from invasive procedures to a simple tooth cleaning. How it’s used depends on the severity of the fear.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

It is also known as sleep dentistry even though it is not exclusively accurate. Patients are usually conscious with the omission of those who are under general anesthesia.
The levels of sedation used include:
Minimal sedation – We can be awake but relaxed.
Moderate sedation – This may stain your words when speaking and not remember much of the procedure.
Deep sedation – the edge of awareness but can still be awaked.
General anesthesia – It is completely unconscious.
Inhaled minimal sedation is that you breathe nitrous oxide otherwise known as “laughing gas” combined with oxygen through a mask that’s placed over your nose. The gas helps you relax.
Oral sedation is depending on the dose given can sort from minimal to reasonable. The pill will make you drowsy, although you’ll still be awake. A larger dose may be given to produce moderate sedation is the type of anesthesia most commonly associated with sedation dentistry. Moderate sedation is that which receives the sedative drug through a vein so it goes to work more quickly. This method allows the anesthetists to continually adjust the sedation level.

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