In the past GA (General Anaesthetic) was frequently prescribed to carry out dental procedures while a patient was unconscious. However since the end of 2001 this option has been banned from general dental practice by the Department of Health and can now only be carried out in a hospital.
During the past few years sedation techniques have evolved and surpassed the need for GA in dentistry. During sedation the patients are conscious but they are not aware of any pain and have no recollection of the dental procedure. This technique is very safe and carried out by our well trained sedation team.
For patients referred to the clinic for minor oral surgery (MOS) we offer conscious sedation or LA (Local Anaesthetic). LA involves numbing the treatment area with a medication called a local anaesthetic; you will not be able to feel any pain although you may feel some pressure or movement.