Many people have had bad experiences at the dental surgery and we aim to provide comfortable treatment in a relaxing environment. We use a number of different technique including massage, hypnosis, conditioning, and if you prefer to be even more relaxed then we provide IV sedation. We carry out all forms of treatment under sedation including extractions, implant placements, fillings and we have even taken records for making dentures for a patient that has a severe gag reflex!

The treatment is provided by a qualified sedationist in our fully kitted surgery. If you have a fear of going to the dentist then why not give us a call and we can help you to get over your fear. If you would prefer to just get all your treatment done in one go then we will be very glad to help you to gain more confidence in your smile.

We have had excellent feedback on our sedation services and after care.

Instructions For Intravenous Sedation

Before The Sedation Visit

  • You can have a light meal and non-alcoholic drinks up to 2 hours before the appointment
  • Do not consume alcoholic drinks for 24 hours before your sedation appointment.
  • Tell the dentist if you have been prescribed any new medicines or have visited a Doctor since your previous visit
  • Take any prescription medicines as normal; the dentist will have already checked that these are compatible with the sedative used.
  • Wear FLAT heeled shoes as you will be unsteady on your feet for a couple of hours following the Sedation visit.
  • You MUST bring a responsible adult with you to the sedation visit. They MUST remain here during your treatment and MUST escort you home. We will not be able to carry out the sedation treatment unless this person is actually present. It is a legal requirement that they remain in the practice during your treatment.
  • Do not wear any nail varnish or false nails as we need to place a pulse monitor that shines a light through your fingernail during the treatment.

After The Sedation Visit

  • DO NOT drive a vehicle for 24 hours
  • DO NOT operate machinery, look after small children or carry out any dangerous tasks requiring concentration for 24 hours.
  • Do not consume alcohol or sleeping tablets for 24 hours following sedation as these may interact with the sedative that is still in your body
  • Ensure you have a responsible adult with you for 24 hours.

Cancellation charges

As sedation appointments are long, cancellation charges apply. Any appointment cancelled within 48 hours will incur the full treatment fee. If cancelled within 1 week of the appointment, 50% of the treatment cost will be charged.

Commonly Asked Questions (IV Sedation)

Q. What Is Intravenous Sedation?
A. Intravenous or IV sedation is a technique used to remove anxiety during a dental visit. A small cannula is placed into a vein in your arm or back of the hand and a sedative drug administered. The sedative works very quickly and you feel instantly relaxed. The dentist who aims to make you totally relaxed whilst still being able to co-operate controls the level of sedation. The full sedative effects last for about an hour allowing a lot of dental treatment to be carried out if necessary.

Q. Will I remember the treatment?
A. No. Generally you will have no recollection from the point at which the sedative is administered to the time you get home. This feature of sedation makes it excellent for people who do not wish to remember unpleasant procedures such as removal of wisdom teeth.

Q. What happens after the treatment session?
A. We keep you in our waiting room or in the dental chair as the sedative starts to wear off. Generally this takes between 15-30 minutes. We will only allow you to leave when we are happy that all is well. We will be on hand while you recover should you have any problems.

Q. Will I feel sick afterwards?
A. No. Unlike a general anaesthetic, there is usually no feeling of nausea afterwards. This is due to the fact that very different drugs are used. You will however have a very good nights sleep following your sedation.

Q. My Friend wants to go shopping whilst I have my treatment, is that OK?
A. No. The responsible adult that accompanies you MUST arrive with you and remain in our waiting room for the entire treatment and recovery afterwards. They cannot leave the building. This is a legal requirement of the laws governing Dental Treatment under IV Sedation.

If you have any queries between now and you sedation appointment, please contact the practice.

Download our Sedation Aftercare Instructions


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