We aim to make the procedures at The Dental Implant Clinic as easy as possible for you. If you are nervous or do not want to be aware of what is happening during treatment, then sedation might be the option for you. This will be discussed as part of your treatment plan. In sedation we administer a drug that will prevent you from being conscious of the procedures being carried out. You will not remember anything about the treatment, and it will seem to pass very quickly.
What is dental sedation?
Sedation can be administered in a number of ways. At The Dental Implant Clinic we prefer intravenous sedation as it tends to be the most powerful and predictable.
Why use sedation?
The following are common reasons why patients opt for sedation or we recommend sedation:
- If you are very nervous of dentistry or have a fear of dentistry dating back from childhood.
- If you prefer not to be concious of what is going on; sedation will leave you with little or no recollection of the procedure.
- Some people have a very sensitive gag-reflex or experience a choking sensation when the dentist looks inside your mouth. Sedation dramatically reduces the sensitivity of the gag-reflex allowing you to have the dental procedure performed in comfort.
- We tend to recommend sedation to patients who are having longer procedures performed as it has the effect of making the operation seem like only a few minutes long.
- We will make a thorough medical check to ensure that you are fit and well enough for sedation.
How should I prepare for sedation?
Before your visit for sedation you should:
- Bring an adult with you who can be with you for 24 hours
- Have a light meal
- Wear flat comfortable shoes
- Wear a short-sleeved shirt or a ‘T’-shirt so that we can check your blood pressure and administer the sedative drug in your arm
- Have no nail varnish or false finger-nails on at least two fingers. We use a special finger monitor during the sedation to check your pulse and oxygen levels. The monitor does not work through nail varnish.
Will I be awake?
Yes, you will be awake for the whole procedure. This is helpful to us as you can help us by telling us how you are and whether you are comfortable. However, you will not recall anything about the procedure after the event. You will also feel very relaxed and content.
How long does sedation last for?
The sedation is most effective for the first 20-30 minutes. Its effect can be extended by giving it in incremental doses.
Although the sedative wears off very quickly you can have periods of drowsiness for the next 24 hours. It is therefore imperative that you do not do the following for the next 24 hours:
- Operate machinery
- Cook or boil a kettle
- Sign a legal document
Who will administer the sedation?
The sedation will be administered by the dentist treating you. You will be carefully monitored by our dental nurses who have additional qualifications in dental sedation.
The fee for sedation is £202.
All fees are estimates and all patients will be given a full, personalised written estimate before commencing treatment. Please contact us to discuss finance schemes, as we can provide the option for you to pay for your treatment in instalments.