Sleep Dentistry

A Gentle Dental Care Experience in Mermaid Beach

Going to the dentist can make some people feel anxious enough to completely avoid their necessary care. But putting treatment off only allows dental infections to become worse, requiring more extensive treatment.

As a solution, we’re proud to offer in-house sedation dentistry for all of our patients at Mermaid Smiles. While there is no black-and-white definition as to who requires sedation, some of the reasons you may want to consider it during your next visit include:

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Mild to severe anxiety about seeing a dentist


Past traumatic dental experience


Fear of pain or discomfort


Need for lengthier or more complex procedures


A desire to “tune out” what’s going on around you

There are two types of sedation dentistry that we offer.

Nitrous Oxide (“Happy Gas”)

An inexpensive and straightforward option, happy gas works quickly and efficiently as a light sedative and analgesic. Plus, it wears off in a relatively short time frame so that it’s safe to drive yourself both to and from your appointment.

Nitrous can be added onto just about any dental procedure, even if it’s a routine checkup.

Twilight Sedation

Our in-house anaesthetist will administer a deeper sedative medication to help you feel calm and more deeply relaxed. Most patients do not even notice the dental procedure taking place. Due to amnesic effects, some people have no recollection of their visit. However, you will still be conscious throughout the treatment. Since the sedative can take several hours to completely wear off, you will need to have someone drive you home afterwards.

Is Sedation Right for You?

Before planning your treatment with sedation, we’ll want to review your past health and dental history, as well as discuss any recent medical treatments or medication that you’re taking. Then, we’ll talk about the advantages of each type of sedation to help you choose the one that’s best for your needs.

 Sedation Options –


Twilight Sedation

  • In-house fee – code: 942
  • Anaesthetist fee (to be quoted according to procedure, Medicare rebates apply)

Happy Gas


from $100 per 30 mins

  • Happy gas – code: 943
 $100 per 30 mins


Schedule you or your family’s six month visit today.

* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.