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Sedation Dentistry

Sedation is used in dentistry to help anxious and nervous patients overcome their fears and enable them to benefit from dental treatments which would otherwise be impossible for them. It can also be used to reduce or eliminate gag reflexes or reduce tremors associated with conditions such as Parkinson’s, which would make treatment difficult. Additionally, it is used for non-anxious patients to make treatments more comfortable. For example in the case of longer treatments such as root canal, or difficult treatments such as wisdom tooth removal.

Sedation is achieved by using medication which is either delivered orally (by a tablet or a drink), or through a vein (intravenous or IV). The medication acts on your brain to reduce feelings of anxiety and fear, and induce a state of relaxation and calm. It also has the added advantage of producing amnesia during the treatment – meaning you will have little or no recollection of your dental treatment when it wears off. Time passes very quickly when you are under sedation.

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Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Sedation has a long history of safe usage within dental practice, and our sedation trained staff have carried out hundreds of cases of sedation over the years. However, as with all treatments, there are some people who should not undergo sedation for various reasons and they include:

    • Pregnancy
    • Respiratory problems
    • Allergy to or dependency on benzodiazepines
    • Uncontrolled high blood pressure
    • Certain types of Glaucoma
    • Patients with severe systemic disease (ASA III and above)