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I'd rather be asleep

Most of the time, we can help you to feel comfortable at the dentist by listening to your concerns, giving control back to you and by creating as stress-free an environment as possible.

Sometimes, people may feel they need a little extra help to fully relax. 

Oral sedation

Oral sedation is the cheapest method of taking the edge off dental anxiety. A family of drugs, namely benzodiazepines (Valium, temazepam etc), have a long history of use in dentistry for treating anxiety. A tablet is usually taken an hour prior to your procedure, allowing you to feel more at ease. You’re fully awake, yet less anxious. This option is suitable for somebody with mild to moderate anxiety, but may not be as effective for those whose anxiety is more heightened. Most people describe it as “taking the edge off”. Oral sedation may leave some feeling a little drowsy and carefree after the procedure, so it is necessary to arrange a friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment.

Inhalation sedation aka 'Happy Gas'

Nitrous oxide, also known as "Happy Gas" or "Laughing Gas", has become the ‘go-to’ sedation in dentistry. It involves inhaling a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen through a nasal mask, and helps alleviate worry. This allows you to feel relaxed during treatment, which can make everything that bit easier. People can also recall their positive experiences, as happy gas usually doesn’t affect memory. This can help build confidence, trust and self-belief. It is easy to use, starts working quickly and wears off quickly, so leaves no residual gas in your body and no lingering effects. This means you should be able to drive home after your appointment.

IV sedation aka 'Sleep Dentistry'

Intravenous (IV) sedation, commonly referred to as “sleep dentistry”, is a type of anaesthesia that is administered through a vein by a qualified anaesthetist. This technique is often referred to as “twilight sedation” because you will be in a dream-like state. Essentially, you are awake yet have very little awareness, and are unlikely to have memory of the dental treatment afterwards. Recovery can be slow or fast, and you will be monitored by an anaesthetist and staff until it is safe for you to go home. Under IV sedation, patients often feel that the procedure took a couple of minutes when in reality it may have taken a couple of hours. It is necessary to arrange a friend or family member to drive you home from your appointment.

A nervous patient with dental anxiety having dental sedation at the dentist
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