Nobody enjoys having dental treatment carried out but for patients that have severe dental anxiety, it can be very daunting. In some cases, we would recommend nervous patients to be sedated during dental treatment to add additional pain relief and anxiety control.
There are a number of sedatives that can be administered either on their own or with a local anaesthetic. The experienced team at Battle Road Dental Practice will gain an understanding of the level of your anxieties and will be happy to discuss your options.
What is conscious sedation?
Conscious sedation is used to help make anxious patients feel more relaxed about dental treatment. Even patients that don’t suffer with anxiety can benefit from conscious sedation whilst having uncomfortable procedures such as tooth extractions.
There are several techniques that can be used, but not all of them are suitable for every patient. Oral, inhalational and intraveneous sedation are the most commonly used techniques.
Oral sedatives are taken in the form of tablets, capsules or liquids. These drugs can either be used to relax you before your visit to the dentist (premedication) or as a sedative to help you when you are having your dental treatment.
Both adults and children receiving treatment under oral sedation must be accompanied by a responsible adult. They should give the patient their undivided attention both before and for the rest of the day after treatment. Your dentist will need to know about your general health and about any current medication.
Inhalation sedation is when you breathe a mixture of gases which act to relax you. The most common combination is nitrous oxide and oxygen which is also known by other names like gas and air, Entonox or relative analgesia. This technique is very safe with a rapid recovery time and is good for adults but is especially suited to treating anxious children.
The mixture of gases is delivered through a small comfortable nosepiece which is positioned to cover the nose. A specially designed machine delivers the gases and can be adjusted by your dentist in response to your needs. You may experience a warm, tingly, floating feeling which allows you more easily to accept the dental treatment.
With this method of conscious sedation, the sedative drug Midazolam is administered by an injection into your arm or in the back of your hand. This sedative makes you feel deeply relaxed.
You will be able to talk and cooperate with your dental team, but most people cannot remember much about their treatment. Before the sedation, your blood pressure will be measured and during treatment your breathing and pulse will be monitored. Some people take a little time to recover and you will need to stay in the practice until you are able to walk by yourself. It is important that you have someone with you who can take you home and stay with you for the rest of the day.
This technique is popular with patients and is used to overcome the fear of dentistry. It offers a safer alternative to general anaesthesia. Your dentist will need to know about your general health and medication in order to assess your suitability for this technique.
Monday - Tuesday
8.30 am - 8.00 pm
Wednesday - Friday
8.30 am - 5.30 pm
Tel: 01424 713051*
NHS Dental Helpline: 0300 1231663