Bob had been putting off dental treatment for some time. He wanted to smile confidently, and get over his apprehension about visiting the dentist.
It's so wonderful to have been part of Bob's dental journey. With IV Sedation, Bob was able to undertake a lot of dental treatment without stress and fear.
Bob had been putting off dental treatment for some time. He wanted to smile confidently, and get over his worry about visiting the dentist.
I'm so thankful I am able to be a part of Bob's dental journey. I administered IV Sedation, and Bob was able to undergo a lot of dental treatment without stress or fear.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Sedation can be particularly beneficial if you:
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.
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.
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)