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Sedation Dentistry

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Are you worried about visiting the dentist?

We offer sedation 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.

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!

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. We use a sedative drug which relaxes you and means 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)


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