Sedation Dentistry for Patients across Essex

Based on 126 reviews

  • Trusted by 100’s of Nervous Patients – we’re experienced with Sedation Dentistry
  • Calming environment – Our practice doesn’t feel like your average clinic
  • Pain Free treatment: we ensure all treatment is Pain Free so you don’t have to worry
  • Trust: you’ll walk away feeling trusting of your Dentist, and confident about your treatment plan

Sedation Patient Journeys

Worry free, calming sedation dentistry.  

We’ll make sure you have confidence, understanding and the best possible care.

Sedation Patient Feedback

Rachel T
Rachel T
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Absolutely amazing, I have not been to the dentist in 5 years due to being needle phobic and having had a bad experience, Dr Kaly and Jess were amazing and so understanding, they talked me through the whole procedure, I would 100% recommend them, such a lovely practice with lovely staff
Dominic M
Dominic M
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Dr Kaly went out of her way to make me feel comfortable and make the experience positive. She explained the process very clearly and reassured me that I was always in control. I would definitely recommend Dr Kaly to anyone looking for a dentist, especially if you are a nervous patient.
Samantha C
Samantha C
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After a disastrous dentist experience a couple of years ago, I was very apprehensive about visiting the dentist ever again, however I should of never worried, Dr Kaly at Danbury Dental Care was fantastic. Dr Kaly and her nurse were so reassuring, made me feel so comfortable and completely at ease. Would recommend this dental practice!
Nikki W
Nikki W
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I was Sedated on Friday for fillings and I was extremely Nervous!! But I had meetings with Kaly and the team leading up to it and phone calls and emails to ease my nerves and answer any questions I had! Which comforted me a lot!

Dental Sedation - Advice

Dentistry should be as stress free as possible.

My passion is in helping anxious patients with sedation, restoring teeth so that my lovely patients can smile and eat confidently again. It’s what drives me.

So if you’re looking at sedation dentistry options for treatment, I’m hoping the below guide will help give more information about what to expect

In this article, we cover:


PS – if you need any specific advice, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Sedation Options Available

Let’s take a moment to explore two forms of sedation dentistry offered in our practice: IV sedation and inhalation sedation.

Intravenous or IV sedation involves administering sedative drugs directly into the bloodstream.

It’s the strongest and most rapid form of sedation. Highly effective for those who have severe anxiety or are undergoing complex procedures.

Deep Relaxation

The effect? A dream-like state of deep relaxation.

IV sedation is a reliable method for ensuring an anxiety-free dental experience, with hundreds of thousands of hours performed across the UK each year.

It doesn’t put you to sleep, but it does help you achieve a high level of comfort. Patients often remember little about the procedure afterwards, although individual experiences can vary.

Laughing Gas

On the other end of the spectrum is inhalation sedation, commonly known as ‘Laughing Gas’ or nitrous oxide.

It’s a milder form of sedation, inducing a sense of calmness and relaxation. Administered via a small mask that fits over the nose, the effects wear off soon after the mask is removed.

This means you could potentially drive yourself home after the procedure.

Who might benefit from each of these methods? IV sedation is beneficial for those with intense dental anxiety, individuals undergoing long or complicated procedures, or patients with a strong gag reflex.

Intravenous Sedation helps create a smooth, comfortable experience where the minutes seem to fly by.

In contrast, inhalation sedation is ideal for those with mild to moderate anxiety. It’s also an excellent choice for children or individuals who need to drive post-treatment.

The effects wear off quickly, allowing patients to return to their usual activities soon after the procedure.

So, IV sedation or inhalation sedation? It ultimately depends on your individual needs and circumstances. Both methods have their benefits and uses.

Who can Sedation help?

Sedation can be particularly beneficial if you:

  • Experience high levels of dental anxiety or fear at the thought of visiting the dentist.
  • Have bad past experiences leading you to delay treatment.
  • Need extensive dental work and would like to minimise amount of appointments.
  • Have a strong gag reflex.
  • Worry about keeping your mouth open during treatment.
  • Are uncomfortable with the sounds and smells of a clinical setting.

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Sedation Treatment Journey as a Patient

Our sedation dentistry process at Danbury Dental Care is thorough, safe,

Ultimately, it’s guided by your needs and is flexible to adapt to them.  Here’s what it normally looks like:

Step 1: Assessment and Discussion
Your journey begins with a comprehensive assessment, including X-rays. During this appointment, we’ll discuss the sedation options available to you and draft a personalised treatment plan.

This plan will cover all restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedures needed, and can be prioritised based on your specific needs.

Step 2: Consent and Pre-Operative Instructions
Once we’ve crafted a plan that suits your needs, we’ll send you consent information and pre-operative instructions.

These are designed to ensure you’re fully informed about the procedure and that you know how to prepare to get the most out of the session.

Step 3: Sedation Appointment
Your sedation appointment is typically scheduled within two weeks of your initial assessment.

On the day of your treatment, you’ll need to ensure a chaperone is available to accompany you home after the procedure.

Step 4: Aftercare and Checks
We’ll provide you with aftercare advice to promote swift recovery and optimal results. We’ll also schedule follow-up check to ensure everything is progressing as expected.

Your comfort and health are our utmost priorities, and we’re here for you every step of the way.

Tips for your appointment

After conducting 100s of hours of sedation for patients, I wanted to share a few tips to consider to help get the most out of your sedation appointment.

  1. Early Morning Appointments: the earlier, the better. Where possible, book your appointment early on in the morning so you get it out of the way.
  2. Bring your own music: if you have a playlist that makes you relax, feel free to request it. Getting in the zone is as important as the medicine itself!
  3. Positive association: book yourself a treat as a positive thing to work towards
  4. Ask for an eye mask in the appointment: this can help block out the sights of treatment, to further relax whilst you are sedated.
  5. Breathing exercises: these can really help a great deal in calming feelings of stress


Pain Free Dentistry

We always combine IV sedation with Local Anaesthetic to ensure pain free dental treatment.

Local Anaesthetic numbs the treatment area and blocks pain signals. IV Sedation then helps you remain calm and relaxed.

Crucially, we also give enough time during the appointment for the Local Anaesthetic to do it’s magic. It can take 5-10 minutes to take full affect, and our Dentists will always check in with you and can top up should you require.

Using this dual approach has worked with great success across 100s of treatments to date.

Dr Kaly Gengeswaran

BSc (Hons), BDS Lon, PG Dip (Sed)

Worry free, calming sedation dentistry.
We’ll make sure you have confidence, understanding and the best possible care.