Conscious Sedation Dentistry

Conscious Sedation Dentistry

Conscious Sedation Dentistry

Conscious 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.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Helps nervous patients receive the treatment they need

Makes longer treatments more comfortable for patients

Enables nervous patients to restore trust in the dentist

What Is Sedation Dentistry and How Does It Work?

  • Is Sedation Safe?
  • How Does It Work?
  • Possible Effects
Is Sedation Safe?
Is Sedation Safe?

Is Sedation 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)
How Does It Work?
How Does It Work?

How Does It Work?

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.

Possible Effects
Possible Effects

Possible Effects

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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Commonly Asked Questions

How does it work?

You will be given a medication called Midazolam which produces an altered state of consciousness and relieves any anxiety you might have.

It is most effective when given intraveinously (through a vein).

Will I be asleep?

You will still remain conscious, but while sedated you will feel calm, drowsy, and time will pass quite quickly.

To be fully asleep you would require a General Anaesthetic (GA), which is only available in a hospital setting.

Should I fast before my sedation?

No, we prefer you to have a light meal 1-2 hours before the procedure.

Will my mouth also be numbed?

Yes, even with sedation your mouth will also be numbed to make the procedure completely comfortable for you.

Do I need to bring someone with me?

Yes, you cannot have sedation done unless you have a responsible adult to bring you home in a car or taxi. You cannot take public transport.

What do I need to prepare?

The one thing that is very useful is to remove any nail varnish or false nails from at least one fingernail.

We use some monitoring equipment during your sedation which can be affected if your fingernail is covered.

What can I not do afterwards?

It can take up to 24 hours for the sedative drug to leave your system. During this time you cannot:

1) Drive a vehicle or cycle.

2) Use electrial appliances, cook or operate machinery.

3) Care for samll children or dependant adults.

4) Sign important documents.

5) Drink alcohol or take recreational drugs.

6) Breastfeeding should be avoided for 24 hours.

I take a few medications, can I still get sedation?

Please bring a list of your medications to your consultation. Your dentist will discuss your medical history and will determine whether or not you are suitable for sedation.

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