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Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry for nervous patients

What is Sedation Dentistry

Sedation in Dentistry is used to calm and relax nervous patients during dental treatment. We use intravenous (IV) sedation which is administered into the patients arm. This type of sedation will put the patient at ease, ensuring the patient is not consciously aware of the dentist and treatment.

Dear all, I would like to thank the dentist for the kindness and consideration on my last appointment I received. I had a sedation of which I fully recommend, I was completely released and cannot remember my treatment of which I am truly grateful. Once again many thanks.

Previously a Nervous Patient

What happens to me once I have been sedated?

Treatment will start once the team is confident that you are fully relaxed and sedated. Throughout the course of treatment the sedation trained nurse and dentist will regularly monitor your pulse and breathing, whilst ensuring that you are comfortable. You will be able to understand and respond to the questions, but you may not remember much about your dental treatment for two reasons:

  • Sedation induces a state of deep relaxation and the patient will not consciously be bothered with what is happening around them
  • For a short period of time the sedatives can provide either partial or complete memory loss – rendering your whole experience of visiting the dentist as pleasant, calm, and relaxing

As a result it would feel like you had been sleeping for the entire treatment!

I would like to thank all the team for the caring attitude and professionalism during the major dental work I required. You have cured my fear of dentists which I have had for many years. I will have no hesitation in recommending your practice to my family, friends and colleagues who require any sort of dental treatment. Once again I thank the whole team for making my visit to the dentist a pleasurable trip and I look forward to seeing you all again in 6 months time when I come in for a check up.

Yours sincerely,


Who is Sedation suitable for?

Sedation is a suitable option for:

  • Aged 16 +
  • Nervous patients
  • Patients With high anxiety levels
  • People who are scared of the dentist
  • Patients with a strong gag reflex

If a patient is really scared about going to the dentist we can offer sedation for all dental treatments.

Your fear of the dentist no longer has to stop you from enjoying healthy teeth and gums!

Sedation FAQ

1. Is it the same as general anaesthetic?

No. The sedation we use is a Midazolam sedative in which you will be awake, but you won’t be consciously aware of your surroundings or the dentist treating you. General anaesthetic puts you fully under and is prohibited from general dental practices.

2. Will it hurt?

No. You won’t be aware of the treatment, the dentist, or any pain – The whole experience will be a blur and you won’t remember being treated.

3. Can I go to work the same day or after?

After being sedated we recommend that you go home and rest to let the effects wear off (you will need someone to drive you home). You will be fine to go to work the next day.

4. Do you still use local anaesthetic?

We use a sedative in the arm intravenously and then a local anaesthetic to numb the teeth.

5. what treatments can be carried out under sedation?

Generally all forms of dental treatments can be carried out under sedation depending on your level of anxiety. Treatments which are commonly treated with sedation include:

  • General dental treatments (e.g. Scale & polish, fillings etc)
  • Dental Implants
  • Oral Surgery
  • Cosmetic dental treatment (e.g. Veneers & Crowns)

Nervous Patients Enquiry

By Dr Gursh Bajwa

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