Conscious sedation is the process of relieving the anxiety associated with dental treatment through the provision of safe and effective drugs, whilst keeping the patient fully conscious. This results the patient being more comfortable during treatment with the additional benefit of reducing pain. It is a very safe and effective alternative to a general anaesthetic, especially due to the reduced recovery time and lack of side-effects associated with the stronger drugs used with general anaesthetic.
Conscious sedation is the perfect choice for patients who are anxious or have a phobia of the dentist. Any dental procedure can be carried out under conscious sedation and it can benefit people with a severe gag reflex, anxiety and dental phobia.
The aims of sedation are to:
- Minimise recovery time, discomfort and anxiety
- Maximise cost effectiveness for you, safety and comfort
What is it?
IV sedation allows you to be more comfortable, relaxed and less anxious during dental treatment. In addition your pain threshold is much higher. The effects include relaxation, drowsiness and even sleepiness. Furthermore, the vast majority of the patients have little or no memory of the dental procedure, although you retain the ability to verbally communicate.
Is it safe?
The procedure is carried out by a highly-skilled, experienced clinician who stays at your side. Furthermore, our highly advanced equipment constantly monitors your vital signs such as heart rate, oxygen and blood pressure. The biggest benefit is recovery time, which is minimal compared to a general anaesthetic.
THE BENEFITS OF SEDATION
- Relieves anxiety and improves co-operation between patient and dentist
- Avoids the need for a general anaesthetic for treatment
- Prevents time off work due to hospital admission
- Safer than a general anaesthetic
Intravenous (IV) sedation is the most common form of conscious sedation which involves placing a small needle into a vein in your arm or hand to deliver the necessary sedative medication. This will result in an altered state of consciousness, thus enabling your dentist to carry out the required dental treatment with minimal discomfort to the patient.
During the sedation you will be relaxed, calm, drowsy and vaguely aware of your surroundings. In addition, your pain threshold will be significantly increased so you should not feel any pain or anxiety during the procedure.
First hour of sedation – £250
Additional hours – £250 each
(Practice Plan patients will receive a 20% discount (excluding laboratory fee) and we do offer 0% finance on treatments over £1000 to help spread the cost).