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 medication or sedation. 

We get asked about 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 can offer pre-medications to help you feel relaxed leading up to and during your dental appointment or if necessary we can discuss the options for referral for IV sedation.

How does Sedation Work?

Oral sedation uses a small dose of a drug from the drug family of benzodiazepine, taken the night before and the morning of your dental appointment. It will help you to feel relaxed and allow you to co-operate with your dentist.

Oral 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 surgical procedures. 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.

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