Are you the type of person who would suffer endless pain with a toothache rather than getting it sorted by the dentist?

If you have answered yes then you can opt for sedation dentistry.

It is applicable to people who:

  • Need major or large amounts of dental work
  • Can be used for simple procedures like scaling your teeth
  • Have a severe gag reflex
  • Delicate or sensitive teeth
  • Very low tolerance for pain

Sedation has been around for many years and it is a very safe procedure which is used to carry out dental treatments. There are 2 types of sedation used in dentistry and at our practice:

  • RA (inhalation sedation) – A mask is used to deliver the nitrous oxide gas. This is commonly used for children who do not cooperate or are terrified of the dentist. The gas goes out of the system once the mask is removed very quickly, which means quick recovery.
  • IV (intravenous sedation) –The patient will be administered a sedative through the vein. The dentist will carefully assess you before administering the right amount of sedative. This works really fast and for a longer period of time. This is used to carry out extensive procedures in adults.

Sedation in dentistry is used to provide a relaxing and anxiety-free experience for certain people receiving dental treatment. It enables individuals too afraid to go to the dentist to receive the dental care they need while avoiding the common apprehension known as dental phobia.

There are various steps you can take to make a dental visit easier for you. The most important one is to keep an open mind. However unlikely you think it is, we will do our best to help you and take good care of you.

What to expect in your consultation: 

  • Health Check
  • BMI Check (Body Mass Index)
  • Detailed Medical History

At your consultation, it’s important that you bring a chaperone along with you to ensure that they are aware of the procedure and treatment plan.

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Meet our dental sedation team, Dr Bellur and our two qualified dental nurses Stephanie and Emily. They will be with you throughout your treatment and will be there to ensure you are ok during the procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

It is a very safe procedure for most patients who are generally fit and well. We will carry out a full medical history and pretreatment assessment which will ensure right patient selection.

With inhalation sedation it reverses very quickly, whilst in the dental chair.

With intravenous sedation, it can take around 8-10 hours for it to wear off fully, we will keep you for 45 minutes to an hour after treatment is complete, to make sure you are safe to go home. Our treatment care coordinator will contact you the following day to see how you’re feeling.

A chaperone of your choice, must be present with you throughout your sedation journey.

It can vary depending on the type of sedation you have.

Inhalation sedation you may feel like you are floating, you may also feel slightly dizzy and overall relaxed.

Intravenous sedation, you will begin to feel lethargic and comfortable very quickly.

At the end of the treatment, you’ll have little or no recollection of your dental visit. This is why a chaperone is very important for your well-being and to get you home safely after treatment.

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