Dental Treatments - Sedation
We recognise that many patients are anxious or nervous about having any dental treatment and it is very important to us to ensure that every patient is comfortable and relaxed about the treatment they are having.
We try to be as gentle and caring as possible, but we also recognise that for some people some extra help may be needed and we offer intravenous sedation to our patients. This is now delivered by an external Anaesthetist, by arrangement.
This procedure involves the use of an injected drug to the arm or back of the hand to provide very effective sedation for nervous patients. It has three powerful effects: it promotes a feeling of calm within the patient; it reduces the patient’s awareness of the treatment; it has a powerful amnesia effect so that the patient usually remembers very little of the procedure. But, importantly, they will not lose consciousness or be ‘sent to sleep’ and verbal contact can be maintained.
Midazolam is our drug of choice for this sedation. The Anaesthetist performs and monitors the sedation, whilst the Dentist and Dental Nurse perform the dental treatment. The usual local anaesthetic is given in the mouth. Longer, more difficult treatments or implant treatments can be performed with sedation, if deemed necessary.
Patients are assessed beforehand and a consent form must be signed. Most patients are suitable, but those taking sedatives, opiate painkillers, or those with respiratory problems or allergies may not be.
The patients themselves should have a light meal beforehand and must be accompanied by an adult, who remains for the duration of the appointment and takes them home after their treatment.
In addition to sedation, we are now able to offer Clinical Hypnosis as an alternative. Moj Dehghanpour has a Medical Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis and together with his trademark calm and friendly approach, is able to treat anxious patients and help them overcome the fears of undergoing dentistry without the use of sedation.