Imagine being able to be totally calm and relaxed during dental treatments. Here at Stourbridge Dental we use intravenous (IV) sedation, which is administered via the patients arm. It puts the patient at ease during treatments ensuring they are not consciously aware of the dentist or the procedure.
Treatment will only start once the team are sure you are fully sedated and relaxed. Whatever procedure you are having the trained sedation nurse will monitor your breathing and heart rate to ensure you are safe and comfortable at all times.
You will be able to understand and respond to questions from the dental team, but may not remember much about the visit for two reasons;
Firstly, this type of sedation induces a deep sleep like relaxation and patients will not be conscious of what is happening around them. Secondly, for a short time you may experience full or partial memory loss, this is entirely normal and a result of the sedative. You will leave having had a completely relaxing and calm visit to the dentist.
- What treatments can be carried out under sedation?
Any dental treatment can be carried out under sedation depending on how nervous the patient is.
- Can I drive and go to work the same day?
Due to the calm, hazy effect of this sedation you will need someone to drive you home and supervise you for a short time after the treatment. You will be fine for work the next day.
- Is it the same as having a general anaesthetic?
No. the sedation used at Stourbridge dental is a Midazolam sedative. You will not be consciously aware of your surroundings but you will be awake at all times and able to communicate with the dental team. A general anaesthetic will put you completely to sleep and this is prohibited from use in general dental practices.
- Will the treatment hurt?
No. You will not be aware of the treatment happening or any pain. The whole session will seem like a blur and you are likely not to remember anything about the treatment.
- Do you still use a local anaesthetic?
Yes a local anaesthetic is used to numb your teeth and gums using an injection in the required area. Due to the IV sedation you will not be able to feel this.
IV sedation is suitable for:
- Patients aged 16+
- Patients with high anxiety levels
- People who are scared of coming to the dentist
- Patients who have a strong or sensitive gag reflex
- Patients of a nervous disposition