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Sedation Dentistry

Can I alleviate my fear of the dentist?


sedationEvery patient has a right to expect their dentist to offer outstanding pain and anxiety control procedures to enable patients to receive dentistry with comfort.

Several Antwerp House dentists have received training in relaxation and sedation  techniques to help you feel calm. Our sedation practitioners have received training from the Society of Advancement in Sedation in Dentistry (SAAD). SAAD  extols the highest standards of sedation in dentistry and is at the forefront of dental sedation teaching.


What is sedation?

Sedation is a relaxation technique by use of drugs. It is accomplished with a gas air combination of nitrous oxide, and oxygen, or by gently injecting a drug such as midazolam, sometimes in combination. The drug/s have a relaxing and calming effect but don’t prevent communication between dentist and patient so treatment can still be carried out easily. Your weight, age and medical condition is assessed before suitability for this kind of sedation is determined. This would all be discussed during the consultation with the dental sedationist. 

How will intravenous (IV) sedation in the surgery affect me?

Whilst IV sedation will make you drowsy and unaware of the treatment you are undergoing, you will remain lucid enough to communicate and cooperate with the dental team. The effects of the sedative will take time to wear off and you won’t be able to drink alcohol, drive or work machinery during this time so it is important that someone can help you home after treatment and keep a careful eye on you for sometime afterwards. Your dentist will tell you how long it will be before the drugs are completely clear from your body.

What else can help?

You can be helped to feel relaxed by ‘relative analgesia’ sometimes known as inhalation sedation. This means breathing in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen (‘laughing gas’) which quickly leads to a pleasant, relaxed feeling. At the same time, your dentist puts you at ease through calming speech. Although you may feel a little drowsy, you remain conscious throughout but any treatment given causes you no discomfort. You breathe in the mixture through a nosepiece which is very comfortable. You can’t overdose on the gas as the mixture quickly leaves your body if you breathe in one or two breaths of ordinary air. There are no after-effects and you are able to drive a car about 15 minutes later. Many dentists use this safe and effective technique.

Will I  feel differently about visiting the dentist?

As you get to know and trust your dentist and the Team at Antwerp House Dentistry, we will help you reduce your fears of dental treatment.

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