Twilight sedation (also known as ‘conscious sedation’) is an effective solution for patients who are nervous or fearful of the dentist.

What is twilight sedation?

Twilight sedation is a form of anaesthesia involving the intravenous administration of sedatives. The sedatives place you into a relaxed, dream-like (or ‘twilight’) state to make you more comfortable during your dental treatment.

Our Principal Sedationist, Dr. Robert Turnbull, provides professional and quality care. He has extensive experience in administering twilight sedation on the Central Coast. During sedation, Dr. Turnbull carefully monitors your level of consciousness to ensure you remain awake and comfortable.

During sedation, you remain semi-conscious, so are still able to communicate with your dentist. You can follow directions and respond to questions if necessary.

Twilight sedation is not a substitute for local anaesthesia, which numbs the area of the mouth that is being treated, but the two are often used together.

Why is twilight sedation used?

Twilight sedation is used to reduce pain and anxiety during dental treatments such as root canal therapy, teeth extractions, dental implants, or when treating a dental emergency.

Twilight sedation can also be used during more routine dental treatments if you experience fear or anxiety before or during treatments. This fear and anxiety are more common than you might think, and symptoms include:

  • an increase in body temperature and excessive sweating.
  • an elevated heart rate or heart palpitations (sudden, very noticeable heartbeats).
  • visible stress such as fidgeting, shaking, startled reactions, or pacing.
  • fast-paced conversations with shortness of breath.
If you recognise that you experience one or more of these symptoms, twilight sedation might be an effective solution for you.