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To alleviate your anxiety and help achieve fear-free dentistry

What is sedation?

Intravenous or IV sedation is a technique used to reduce anxiety during a dental visit, making your dental experience a happier one. Drugs are given through a tube in the back of your hand to make you feel relaxed throughout treatment. You remain awake for the procedure, but the drugs used produce amnesia so that you are unlikely to remember your dental experience. 

What does it involve?

A small plastic tube is placed into a vein in your arm or back of the hand, and a sedative drug is passed into this. We will encourage you to relax through breathing exercises, reassurance and making your environment as comfortable as possible. You are welcome to request music that makes you feel happy. The sedative works quickly and you will feel very relaxed, whilst still being able to co-operate. The full sedative effect lasts for about an hour.

We will monitor you and keep talking to you throughout the dental procedure. Afterwards you may well feel sleepy and generally you will have no recollection from the point at which the sedative is administered, to the time you get home. This feature of sedation makes it excellent for people who do not wish to remember their procedure.

We keep you in the dental chair as the sedative wears off. Generally this takes around 30 minutes. We will only allow you to leave when we are happy that all is well. We remain with you while you recover.

Once fully recovered you will be allowed to leave with an adult escort, who must then be able to remain with you for the rest of the day.

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