Although we do everything we can to make your visit as calm and relaxed as possible, by taking treatment at a pace you are comfortable with, we recognise some patients will require a little more help in the form of conscious sedation.
We get asked about conscious sedation a lot. It is where we use medications to help you relax while you are in the dentist’s chair. Many patients want this option to help reduce their anxiety about a dental procedure, or we may recommend it ourselves.
It may be required for all your treatments, or it may be for specific or more complex treatments. We offer safe, modern intravenous (IV) sedation so that you can remain conscious – but pleasantly relaxed – throughout. Although you are conscious at all times, sedation sometimes takes away any memory of the treatment and patients often report feeling as though they drifted off to sleep.
How does Sedation Work?
Intravenous sedation uses a small dose of a drug from the drug family of benzodiazepine, delivered through a cannula in the back of your hand. It will quickly make you feel drowsy and relaxed and allow you to co-operate with your dentist.
Sedation is not just for extremely nervous patients. Some patients will elect to have sedation for particularly long appointments such as root canal treatment or implants. Some patients find they get an achy jaw for days as they continually have to open wider; sedation can help you to relax and reduce this. Sedation can also help patients who have a strong gag reflex which other techniques have not been able to resolve.
For more information about our dental sedation options, or to book an appointment, please contact us on 01480 573939. Our opening hours are Monday- Friday: 9am-5pm, Saturdays: 9am-1pm.