At City Dental Leeds, we understand that the prospect of having dental treatment can make some patients feel sick with nerves and we do everything we can to try and ease our patient’s worries and ensure they feel completely comfortable. Our team is caring and compassionate and our dentists have many years of experience in caring for patients who suffer from anxiety and dental phobia.
As well as using the latest technology and techniques to minimise pain and accelerate the treatment process, we are also able to carry out a range of procedures under sedation.
What is sedation?
Sedation is used commonly in dentistry and medicine to make patients feel more comfortable and relaxed during a procedure. Sedation uses sedative medication to prevent patients from feeling pain and to make them feel completely calm. Although sedation can make you feel a little drowsy and lose sight of what’s going on, it is not the same as general anaesthetic and you will remain conscious at all times.
When you are ready to begin treatment, your dentist will give you sedative medication, which will start to take effect quickly. You will feel completely relaxed and you won’t feel any pain at all; if you want to, you can talk to your dentist or you can simply lay back and relax.
After sedation, the effects will start to wear off and you will become more alert. Most people have little memory of what happened during the procedure. It’s normal to feel drowsy and sleepy for a while after sedation and we strongly urge you to relax and take it easy for at least 24 hours afterwards.
We advise our patients to organise a lift home with a friend or relative and ask them to arrange for somebody to stay with them while the effects of the sedative wear off. You should avoid drinking alcohol, exercising, operating machinery or making any important legal decisions for 24 hours.