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.
Conscious sedation will make you feel sleepy and relaxed. Most patients can remember little or nothing of the procedure, but it does not affect any part of your memory before the drug is given.
Following your sedation, you will be required to stay at the practice until the dental surgeon is satisfied that you are safe to be accompanied home by a responsible adult. This is because your judgement may be affected for anything up to 24 hours after the sedation. Conscious sedation is a very powerful and safe way of reducing anxiety to allow dental treatment to be carried out and for providing comfortable treatment during difficult or prolonged dentistry.
Naturally you need to be as relaxed and confident as possible and we wish to do everything to make your visit for treatment under intravenous sedation to be as comfortable and as pleasant as possible. The facilities at STCODE ensure this is achieved with dedicated staff, state of the art monitoring equipment and a purpose built recovery area for you to relax in after your treatment.
After your treatment you will need someone to drive you home and look after you for the rest of the day.
We do not sedate children or those with certain medical conditions, your dentist will evaluate your suitability for sedation.
Who will sedate me?
You will be sedated by a dentist specially trained in conscious sedation the dentist will be assisted by a nurse who has also had special training in sedation.
Are there any risks involved in conscious sedation?
All drugs carry some risks. The risks associated with conscious sedation are very small, particularly when compared with general anaesthesia. Conscious sedation is an extremely powerful yet very safe form of anxiety control. Your heart rate, pulse and blood pressure will be monitored throughout treatment and recovery is generally very quick and uneventful
How long will I be drowsy?
Usually drowsiness lasts no more than 8 hours. Some people sleep heavily following sedation. On rare occasions some patients feel drowsy the following day.
Is it as good as general anaesthesia?
We can’t guarantee oblivion with conscious sedation, but many people cannot differentiate between general anaesthetic and conscious sedation. The main benefits are that conscious sedation is inherently safer and more pleasant for the patient.