Dental treatments

Sedation

Some people are so frightened of the dentist that they will not go for dental treatment. You can overcome your fears with sedation at our surgery. Our dentists are sympathetic and can offer you a choice of safe and effective sedation.

Relative Analgesia

You can be helped to feel relaxed by 'relative analgesia' sometimes known as inhalation sedation. This means breathing in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen ('laughing gas') which quickly leads to a pleasant, relaxed feeling. Our dentists will put you at ease at the same time, by talking softly and suggesting what you feel. You will remain conscious at all times, although you may feel a little drowsy, and any treatment given causes you no discomfort.

The mixture is breathed in through a nosepiece, which is comfortably worn during treatment. You cannot overdose on the gas as the mixture leaves the body if you breathe in one or two breaths of normal air. There are no after-effects either, and you can drive a car after about 15 minutes.

Intravenous Sedation

Intravenous or 'IV' sedation is given by injection, either in the back of your hand or in your arm. The sedation is given by one of our fully qualified anaesthetists. The dose will depend on the amount of treatment needed and how long it will take to complete.

IV sedation will make you feel very relaxed and drowsy. You will be unaware of any treatment being done but you are still able to co-operate with the dentist. After the treatment is completed, you will be moved in to our recovery area, where our experienced recovery nurse will monitor you for as long as necessary.

You are advised not to eat or drink for 4 hours prior to treatment and you must have an escort with you. The effects of the sedation will take some time to wear off and you are must not drive or drink alcohol for 24 hours.

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