Sedation / General Anaesthetic

Dental Sedation

sedation dentistry

If you have a fear of dentists or of dental treatment sedation is an option for you. It enables dental treatment to be carried out whilst you are relaxed and makes your visit much more pleasant. It is commonly used on patients who have a fear or phobia of dental treatment. This fear can be for a number of reasons including:

  • Fear of pain
  • Extremely sensitive teeth
  • History of traumatic dental experiences
  • Complex dental problems

The underlying issue is that whatever phobia patients may have, they will often choose to neglect dental treatment because of this phobia and thus create more damage to the teeth.  Sedation not only helps the patient but also greatly assists our doctors as they are able to carry out the procedure with greater cooperation from a relaxed patient.

What is dental sedation?

It is the use of sedative medications in order to make the patient more relaxed and to allow the dentist to perform the necessary dental procedures.

These medications do not send you to sleep, though you will feel sleepy and relaxed.

Intravenous sedation is a mixture of anti-anxiety drugs and sedatives administered directly into the bloodstream to make people feel like they are asleep. You actually remain conscious and can follow the dentist's instructions although the feeling of relaxation is so intense that you are unlikely to remember much about the procedure.

The sedation is administered into the vein and can only be performed by a qualified specialist anaesthetist.

Local anaesthetic - This works by blocking nerve impulses to the site where the dental procedure is being performed. An anaesthetic gel or spray which has a numbing effect may be applied before the local aesthetic injection is administered. Under local aesthesia you are fully conscious although you do not feel any of the effects of the treatment.

General anaesthetic - General aesthesia is used to facilitate oral surgery and can be used for people who are not eligible for sedation dentistry. General aesthesia leads to a state of unconsciousness and the side effect may last for several hours after the procedure is done.