Sedation

WE DO NOT OFFER SEDATION AT SUMMERSTOWN DENTAL CENTRE but we can refer our patients for this service .

The aim of sedation is to provide a relaxing and trusting environment for extremely nervous and dental phobic patients to reduce their anxieties so that in future they may be able to have the confidence to have minor treatments without sedation and the following advice will help you benefit most from this technique.

Although once referred to as “twilight sleep,” over the past few years the term conscious sedation has become popular to describe a semi-conscious state that allows patients to be comfortable during certain surgical or medical procedures.

Sedation analgesia can provide pain relief as well as relief of anxiety that may accompany some treatments or diagnostic tests. It involves using medications for many types of procedures without using general anesthesia, which causes complete unconsciousness.

Sedation analgesia is usually administered through an intravenous catheter, or ‘I.V.’ to relax you and to minimize any discomfort that you might experience. This is often used in combination with an injection of a local anesthetic, or “numbing medicine,” at the site of surgery. Oftentimes, sedation analgesia can have fewer side effects than may occur with general anesthesia. Frequently, there is less nausea from sedation techniques, and patients generally recover faster after the procedures.

Wherever possible, we will try to offer you treatments without sedation and endeavour to make your experience “without sedation” as pleasant as we can, so that you can have regular treatments without it.  Modern anaesthetics will usually suffice in most cases.