Our caring and modern approach to providing dental treatment means that even the most anxious patients can normally receive dental treatment without sedation. This is always our preference but sometimes patients do require some additional techniques to help them feel even more relaxed.
Conscious sedation is a way of making those who are especially anxious feel more relaxed about receiving dental care. There are several techniques to help you overcome your fears and anxieties but at New Park House Dental Centre we mainly use Intraveneous sedation.
This involves giving you a sedative medicine (normally Midazolam) through a vein in your arm or hand. The sedative makes you feel deeply relaxed. You will be able to talk and cooperate but most patinets cannot remember much about their treatment.
Before and during the sedation your blood pressure and oxygen saturation levels will be accurately monitored.
At the end of the appointment you will be able to walk by yourself but it is important that you have someone with you who can take you home and stay with you for the rest of the day.
This involves taking a sedative tablet before the treatment. It is less effective than intravenous sedation but can be helpful for those with less severe anxiety.
Conscious sedation will help you cope with dental treatment and lower your anxiety.
Occasionally we will recommend sedation for patients who do not feel anxious about dental treatment but are due to undergo more invasive or uncomfortable procedures such as complex implant treatment or bone grafting.
Whilst conscious sedation is very safe, intravenous sedation can slow down your breathing so we monitor you very carefully. Our team have specific training in the management of sedated patients and the sedation itself is provided the highly trained team at UK Sedation: https://uksedation.com/
Like any injection, you may have some bruising to your hand or arm after the proceedure, but this should subside in a few days.