Sedation

Sedation

For those patients who are nervous about their treatment or are about to undergo long appointments, we offer different forms of sedation to make things more comfortable.

Intravenous Sedation

We use a drug called Midazolam that is given by injection, either in the back of your hand or in your arm. The dose will depend on the amount of treatment needed and how long it will take to complete.

You become drowsy and unaware of any treatment, but you are still able to co-operate with the dentist. The effects of a sedative medicine can vary from person to person and take some time to wear off. Your dentist will tell you how long the drugs will take to clear from your body. You won’t be able to drink alcohol, drive or work machinery during this time.

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Gas and Air Sedation

We are also able to offer a form of sedation called ‘relative analgesia’ sometimes known as inhalation sedation. This means breathing in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen (‘laughing gas’) which quickly leads to a pleasant, relaxed feeling.

The dentist puts you at ease at the same time, by talking softly and suggesting what you feel. You remain conscious all the time, although you may be a little drowsy, and any treatment given causes you no discomfort.

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You breathe in the mixture through a nosepiece, which is very comfortable. You can’t overdose on the gas, as the mixture quickly leaves the body if you breathe in one or two breaths of ordinary air. There are no after-effects either, and you can drive a car after about 15 minutes. At your consultation appointment we will discuss which form of sedation would best suit you.


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