Sedation Techniques

If you feel nervous about undertaking dental treatment then you may find that sedation is the answer and the practice is able to provide several forms of sedation techniques for anxious patients.

One form is called Intravenous Sedation; a sedative drug is fed into the back of the hand via a needle. You will remain conscious throughout the treatment and can respond to commands. Some patients feel they have been asleep, this is due to the drug causing them to forget the period during treatment, and a short time after. If you opt for this you must arrive with a responsible adult, who must remain with you the rest of the day. You must not return to work that day.

The second form is Inhalation Sedation; nitrous oxide is inhaled through the nose causing the patient to relax. This technique is generally more suited to children, although some adults may benefit. You will not need an escort and recovery is almost immediate.

The third for is Oral Sedation. Your dentist may prescribe you a tablet to take at home prior to your arrival at the surgery. Oral sedation is less predictable than intravenous but may be useful in patients who are too nervous to even get to the dental surgery. This type of sedation is also useful in certain medical conditions where the stress of visiting the dentist may lead to worsening of the condition.

If you feel you may benefit from sedation, speak with your dentist.