We are delighted to be able to offer our patients intravenous sedation for their dental treatment, if required. This is an extremely safe technique which alleviates anxieties and has a profound amnesic effect so following treatment under sedation, you would not remember much about the procedure, which is beneficial where you have been anxious about it.
It is relatively common to have a fear of the dentist. Some people are able to overcome this fear so that it does not prevent them from visiting the dentist, or having a procedure undertaken. For others it becomes a barrier that they are unable to overcome. For these patients, sedation can be a way to enable them to overcome this barrier and to be able to manage procedure that they otherwise would be unable to.
It is also useful for patients who are usually able to cope with dental treatment, but they are to have a procedure that they see as particularly unpleasant, such as a dental implant, or wisdom tooth extraction.
All patients receiving sedation will have an assessment prior to the sedation to ensure that there is nothing in their medical history that would complicate the effects of the sedation. The effect of the sedation would be explained and all of the precautions to take prior to your sedation visit. Once we have explained everything that is involved in both the sedation, and the planned procedure, we will ask you to sign a consent form. We would only ever carry out the treatment that you have agreed to in advance that has been documented on the consent form.
We would look after you throughout the recovery period from the sedation. All of the team providing sedation have had the necessary training and qualifications to be able to look after you safely. We would allow you to go home usually one hour after the sedation had been administered, but you would need somebody to escort you home, and you would require 24 hours off any responsibilities.
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