How It Works
Conscious sedation is a form of anxiety control which makes dental treatment more pleasant for the patient. It is effective, predictable and very safe and is the modern alternative to general anaesthesia for most dental procedures.
Have you ever said the following to yourself or other people?
“I can’t sleep for a week when I know I have a dental appointment.”
“I can’t bear the thought of an injection in the mouth.”
“I get shaky and panicky before treatment, and after the appointment I feel exhausted.”
“I’d rather just have all my teeth out than go and see a dentist regularly.”
“People must think I’m stupid for the way I feel.”
“No one understands how I feel when I go and see the dentist.”
“I feel like I’m vulnerable when I’m in the dental chair, I feel like I have no control.”
“I can’t stop gagging during treatment and get really embarrassed about it.”
“I’m unhappy with my teeth but terrified to do anything about it.”
These are statements often made by patients who seek our care, and the fortunate news is that you are certainly not alone.
Research has shown that as many as one third of the UK population are anxious about dental treatment. For certain individuals, the fear of dentistry can have a serious effect their day to day lives whilst they try everything possible to avoid seeking dental care. At the Staines Centre of Dental Excellence, we use intravenous sedation to help such patients overcome their fears and become more confident whilst visiting our practice. We not only use sedation to help those undergoing more complex or prolonged treatment sessions, but also carry out routine dentistry under sedation for those who are highly anxious.