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Sleep Dentistry in Howick

man talking to a dentistIf you’ve put off getting dental care due to anxiety, you’re certainly not alone. At A+ Dentists, we are committed to providing patients with comfortable dental care, which is why we offer sleep dentistry, also known as sedation dentistry.

Sleep dentistry is particularly beneficial for those who find it difficult to undergo procedures with just the standard local anaesthetic. Additionally, research has shown that sedation dentistry is beneficial for individuals with a strong gag reflex, as sedation minimises the chances of this reflex being triggered during treatment.

Types of Sedation Options

At our practice, we offer two main types of sedation to ensure a comfortable and more anxiety-free experience for our patients:


Oral sedation involves taking relaxation medication in tablet form about an hour before the dental procedure. During this hour, the patient is closely monitored by a qualified sedation nurse and our dentist Dr Pulkit Kinra. Once the medication takes effect, we proceed with the dental treatment.


IV sedation involves administering the sedative medication directly into a vein in the patient’s arm. This method works quickly, as the medication enters the bloodstream directly, providing a faster onset of relaxation compared to oral sedation.

Treatments Suitable for Sleep Dentistry

Sedation can be used for a wide range of dental treatments. Whether you’re coming in for a routine cleaning or require more complex procedures like wisdom teeth removal or dental implant placement, sedation can make the experience more comfortable. We offer most of our dental services under sleep dentistry, ensuring that anxiety or a strong gag reflex doesn’t prevent you from receiving the care you need.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is intravenous conscious sedation?

Intravenous (IV) conscious sedation is a specialized technique that involves the administration of a powerful sedative drug, such as Midazolam or Hypnovel (similar to valium), through a vein in the arm. This sedative induces a state of relaxation, allowing for complex, lengthy, or uncomfortable dental treatments to be performed with ease.

How will it make me feel?

During IV sedation, you will experience a deep sense of relaxation, drowsiness, and contentment. Although you will not be fully alert, you will be able to communicate when required. Most people undergoing this treatment tend to drift off but can still respond when spoken to. It’s important to note that IV sedation does not cause feelings of drunkenness or disinhibition; rather, it resembles a sleepwalking-like state.

If I’m not fully asleep, will the treatment hurt?

To ensure your comfort, local anaesthesia (numbing of the mouth) is achieved alongside IV sedation. This prevents any pain or discomfort during the procedure. The administration of local anaesthetic is done in a way that minimizes any discomfort, and you won’t remember it being done.

Will I know what is going on during the treatment?

One of the effects of the sedative drug is amnesia, which results in a temporary blockage of your memory of the procedure. Time may appear distorted, with an hour feeling like just a few seconds. It is common for individuals to have little to no recollection of the procedure and mistakenly believe they were asleep throughout.

Are there any side effects?

One of the main yet easily controlled side effects of IV sedation is a decrease in breathing rate due to the deep relaxation induced by the drug. Our clinical team has undergone extensive training to recognise and manage all common complications, and we always adopt a multi-layered approach to maximise your safety during your IV sedation appointment. Firstly, we will connect you to a state-of-the-art medical monitoring device which will keep track of your important vital signs like blood pressure, pulse rate, the amount of oxygen in your blood as well as the quality of air you breathe out. We are promptly alerted if any of your vital signs falls below the desired level. Secondly, you will be monitored by our highly trained and certified Sedation Nurse at all times. Thirdly, you will be connected to an oxygen saturator, which will assist you by ensuring that you have enough oxygen entering your body at all times. Finally, we have high pressure oxygen and all necessary emergency equipment and drugs at hand to support our patients if a complication like a fall in the breathing rate is encountered.

Is IV sedation safe?

IV sedation is an extremely safe procedure, thanks to the specific drugs used and our comprehensive monitoring systems. In the rare event of complications, we have the ability to reverse the sedative effects by administering another drug. IV sedation is safer than general anesthesia, and allergic reactions to the drugs used are highly uncommon. Our dentist is experienced in IV sedation and performs the procedure regularly, adhering to all safety guidelines and protocols.

Ready for a Stress-Free Dental Experience?

If you or a loved one struggle with dental anxiety or a strong gag reflex, sleep dentistry might be the ideal solution. Our experienced dentist and team are here to ensure your comfort and wellbeing throughout your visit.

Contact us today to learn more about our sleep dentistry options and to schedule a consultation with Dr Pulkit.


Sleep Dentistry Howick, Botany, Auckland | (09) 5347916