We appreciate that many patients feel anxious when a trip to the dentist is looming and this is why we provide sedation. If you are very nervous about having a dental procedure or you suffer from dental phobia, we can offer treatment under sedation to help you to feel relaxed.
Our dental team is experienced in caring for nervous patients and we use painless techniques and advanced treatments to make patients feel comfortable and prevent them from experiencing pain; we also encourage patients to relax and make themselves feel at home with a drink, a film or some soothing music and we are always happy to arrange a chat or a tour before treatment to help reassure clients and answer any questions.
What is sedation?
We are able to perform a range of procedures under sedation. Sedation is a relaxation technique, which is used to prevent patients from feeling pain or experiencing anxiety when they have a dental or medical procedure. Unlike general anaesthetic, sedatives do not make you lose consciousness and you can return home straight after treatment. Once you are sedated, you will simply feel a little drowsy and you won’t feel any pain. After sedation, it’s normal to feel a little out of it and sleepy, but you will soon start to feel more alert; it can take up to 24 hours for the effects to wear off fully and once we have checked you over, we ask for you to arrange for somebody to take you home and sit with you.
The benefits of sedation
Sedation helps to relax patients. Often, even the thought of having dental treatment can make people feel very stressed and nervous and sometimes, people feel so scared that they avoid going to the dentist for years on end, even if they have dental problems. Sedation helps to make dental treatment less daunting, both before and during a procedure and patients can go into the treatment room with the peace of mind that they are not going to feel any pain. Sedation can also be beneficial for patients who require complex treatment, as they will feel more comfortable.