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Sedation Dentistry: What You Need to Know

If you are struggling to make your appointment to visit the dentist, you are not alone. In fact, around 1 in 10 adults in the UK is thought to have a phobia of the dentist. Additionally, the British Dental Association estimates that 7 in 100 people never go to the dentist and puts a large portion of the blame for this due to fear.

Those with an extreme phobia may seek sedation dentistry to ensure they can sit in the dentist chair feeling at ease. Sedation dentistry must be carried out by a qualified dental professional and may be done at your local dentist or at the hospital. Contrary to popular belief, those that undergo a form of sedation are not asleep during their treatment and will still be able to talk to the dentist.

Here we’ve listed some of the common questions surrounding sedation dentistry.

Is sedation the same as being unconscious?

Sedation is not the same as being unconscious and you will still be responsive. However, many patients won’t remember much about their treatment and will be in a state of complete relaxation.

Can I drive after sedation?

You will not be able to drive after you have undergone sedation so it is important that you organise a lift home after your appointment to your dentist. Additionally, you will not be able to operate machinery or drink alcohol after your treatment.

When will the sedation wear off?

The time that it takes for your sedation to wear off will vary, depending on a few factors, including the dose you have had and your body’s own natural recovery system.

Will I feel any pain during dental treatment?

Most patients will not feel anything throughout their dental treatment under sedation. Many patients do not remember much about the treatment they have had and this may be particularly advantageous for you if you have a fear of the dentist.

How Will I Be Sedated at The Dentist?

There are three ways you may be sedated for before your dental treatment is carried out.

Inhalation Sedation

This form of sedation very effective and is similar to the gas and air given to patients during childbirth. To ensure the dentist can carry out the necessary treatment in your mouth, the sedation will be given through a nosepiece rather than through a mask which covers your mouth.

Sedative Tablets

In some cases, sedative tablets are used to keep you feeling relaxed in the dentist chair. The tablets should be taken before your treatment, as advised by your dentist.

Intravenous Sedation?

Intravenous sedation may be used for patients that have an extreme fear of the dentist. Given by an injection into the back of the hand or arm, the drugs will sedate and calm you, but will not put you to sleep. Many people that have intravenous sedation do not remember much about their treatment due to the highly relaxed state they are in.

Love-Teeth Dental Practice – Sedation

Here at Love-Teethe Dental Practice, we put a great focus on patient care and welcome nervous patients or those that have had a negative dental experience in the past. With many years of experience, we understand that for some, a trip to the dentist can create a wealth of anxiety which we strive to put at ease.

When you make an appointment at our practice, you will be in control at all times, able to pause and recommence treatment during your appointment. We take the time to speak with you about your previous dental experiences to help us understand what triggers your anxiety, making every effort to ensure a calm and comfortable environment for you. What’s more, unlike many other dental practices, we use a surface anaesthetic gel for every treatment we carry out, ensuring your complete comfort.

If you are a nervous patient, please get in touch with our friendly reception team and let them know. We will book you an appointment on a day and time to suit you, giving you a chance to get to know your dentist. Call 0161 773 7080. If you prefer, pop down and see us at the practice, where we can book you an appointment in person.

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