Patient Information: Dental Sedation
Sedation is the administration of a drug to relax a patient. It is the combination of adequate pain control and reduction of anxiety which allows patients to :
There are three primary ways a sedation drug is administered in the Dental Surgery
Numbing creams can be used to make the insertion of the small needle, through which the drugs are administered, almost painless.
It is important to understand, when sedated you are very relaxed but always awake and aware of your surroundings. The only method ‘to put a patient to sleep’ is to use a General Anaesthetic. For safety reasons a General Anaesthetic should only take place in a hospital under the care of a Anaesthetist. From my experience 95% of treatments can be completed successfully with intravenous sedation.
2. Oral & intra-
3. Inhalation Conscious Sedation, also known as laughing gas. This sedation is very well suited to young adults, children, adolescence, patients with a moderate level of anxiety towards dental treatment. It allows patients to relax into an almost hypnotic state making dental treatment comfortable.
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“ Nearly 40% of the population become anxious when thinking about having dental treatment. Every year conscious sedation helps hundreds of patients control their anxiety. Even though a patient is sedated they still require a gentle empathetic approach. “
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Bare Dental Clinic