Our Services – Sedation

Our Services – Dental Sedation

A Guide for Relaxed Dental Visits

Dental anxiety and fear are common, affecting millions of people and preventing them from seeking necessary dental care. Thankfully, dental sedation offers a safe and effective solution, allowing patients to experience procedures calmly and comfortably.


What is Dental Sedation?

Dental sedation, also known as conscious sedation, is a technique that uses medication to induce relaxation and reduce anxiety during dental procedures. It’s important to note that sedation doesn’t put you to sleep like general anaesthesia. Instead, it creates a deep relaxation where you may feel drowsy, experience reduced awareness of your surroundings, and have minimal to no memory of the procedure.


Types of Dental Sedation:

  • Oral sedation: You take a pill, typically an hour before the appointment, to induce relaxation and drowsiness. Depending on the dose, it can range from minimal to moderate sedation.
  • Intravenous (IV) sedation: A sedative medication is injected through a vein in your arm, providing a deeper level of sedation compared to other methods.


Who is a Candidate for Dental Sedation?

Dental sedation can be beneficial for various individuals, including:

  • Patients with dental anxiety or phobia
  • Individuals with a strong gag reflex
  • Patients requiring complex procedures where local anaesthesia alone might not be sufficient
  • People with low pain tolerance


What to Know Before Your Appointment:

  • Discuss your medical history: Inform your dentist about any medications you’re taking, medical conditions you have, and any allergies.
  • Arrange for transportation: You won’t be able to drive yourself home after receiving sedation, so you must arrange for someone to take you home after your appointment.
  • Fasting instructions: Depending on the type of sedation used, your dentist might advise fasting for a set number of hours before the procedure.
  • Follow post-operative instructions: You might experience drowsiness after sedation. Rest and avoid strenuous activities for the rest of the day.

Dental sedation can be a valuable tool for managing anxiety and ensuring a comfortable dental experience. If you’re considering sedation, discuss your concerns and options with us to determine the most suitable approach.

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