Are you very anxious about going to the dentist?
Do you avoid treatment because you’re nervous?
Or do you need dental treatment that is challenging?
Why not make an appointment with our sedation-trained dentist, Lucy Smith?
Our answers to patient questions about intravenous sedation:
Would intravenous (IV) sedation help me?
What is intravenous sedation?
How does sedation help during the treatment?
Are there any risks?
What are the alternatives to intravenous sedation?
Do I have to prepare before receiving IV sedation?
Where will the treatment take place?
What will happen during the procedure?
Can I go home straight after IV sedation?
For comfortable treatment
Our dentists can deliver most treatments with minimal discomfort, yet sometimes additional help is necessary. First and foremost, dentists take time to help patients feel relaxed and confident in the chair. For many procedures dentists administer local anaesthetic as necessary, using numbing gel, a fine needle and a light touch.
However, for more invasive procedures, or to help patients who are especially anxious, your dentist may discuss different levels of sedation as part of your treatment plan. In the most difficult cases a dentist will refer a patient to a dental hospital for a general anaesthetic.
The most common types of sedation delivered in a dental surgery are oral medication, gas inhalation or intravenous sedation. If necessary, for the removal of impacted wisdom teeth for example, the patient can be deeply sedated. Whenever medication is needed, it is carefully considered and administered.
Sedation helps by
- eliminating pain
- reducing stress
- enabling your dental practitioner to work easily
- ensuring you receive quality treatment in comfort
Considerations before and after sedation
People may react differently to pain relief and sedation. During pregnancy it is best to avoid all but essential dental treatments. If you take medication, have experienced any allergic reactions or have a medical condition, please be sure to inform your dentist. Usually the effects of the administered medication will wear off in a few hours, but it is important to consider travel arrangements home after sedation treatment. Ask your dentist for advice about regular checks and preventative oral hygiene practices.