Many patients are nervous to have dental treatment and many tell us anxiety is the reason they avoid getting the treatment they need. As we all know, the longer we leave anything to do with our health, the worse the problem can become.
Dental sedation is a way of making you feel more relaxed during dental treatment.
During dental sedation, you remain awake, unlike having a general anaesthetic, but are in a very relaxed state. In conjunction with local anaesthetic pain relief, this can relieve anxiety in nervous patients or make long or unpleasant procedures much easier.
What happens with sedation?
At your first appointment, you will be assessed to ensure it is safe and appropriate to provide sedation.
For intravenous sedation, on the day of treatment, a small tube is inserted for the administration of the relaxing drug. Treatment is then provided whilst you are carefully monitored. After the treatment has been completed, you will be monitored until you are fully recovered. You can then go home to rest and follow the aftercare instructions you will be provided with for 24 hours.
For inhalation sedation, the onset and recovery from sedation is much quicker and less recovery time is required.
If you wish to find out more about dental sedation, our sedation dentist, James, will be more than happy to discuss this with you.