Management of pain and anxiety before and during dental treatment is very important. Conscious sedation is offered to patients to help them to relax and manage their dental treatment.
There are a number of different types of sedation offered, which will be discussed at an assessment appointment, these are:
- Inhalational sedation- (Happy air sedation) using nitrous oxide and oxygen, breathed in through a nose piece. It has properties which will leave you feeling relaxed and feeling able to manage your treatment. Once treatment is complete recovery is very quick. This type of sedation works very well for children.
- Intravenous sedation- is given through an injection usually on your hand or arm. The drug used will make you feel sufficiently relaxed, but you will remain conscious and able to respond to verbal commands. Once you are sufficiently relaxed, dental treatment will be started. During the procedure you may feel unaware of what is going on and most patients do not remember anything about their treatment. At the end of the session you will be allowed to recover before being allowed to go home with a responsible adult who will need to look after you for the rest of the day.
- Intranasal and Oral sedation- normally reserved for special needs patients or children needing sedation before a general anaesthetic.
Sedation is very safe
There are some associated risks but most of these can be avoided by making sure you are suitable for treatment at the assessment visit.
Once treatment is completed you will be discharged back to your referring dentist for continued care.
Who needs sedation
Anxious or phobic patients can access the sedation service via a referral from their dentist (General Dental Practitioner) or their doctor.
How long might treatment last & what treatment options may be involved
The length of treatment will depend on the amount of treatment needed. Some patients will require a number of treatment appointments to complete their treatment.