Sedation is a means of removing anxiety and stress from dental treatment, being designed to help anxious dental patients relax during the treatment process.

What is sedation?

It is the application of sedative medication to help patients relax during dental treatment. There are various forms of sedation including IV (intravenous) sedation, inhaled sedation and oral sedation.

The treatment does not cause clients to lose consciousness and it is not the same as general anaesthetic. It simply induces a relaxed state and prevents patients from experiencing any pain. Patients who have been sedated will not remember having treatment.

Who can benefit?

Sedation is most beneficial for nervous patients and those with dental phobia, as well as patients who are undergoing lengthy procedures. Sedation can be beneficial for patients who have a fear of visiting the dentist for the following reasons:

  • Negative past experiences
  • Fear of needles
  • Fear of pain
  • Fear of the dental drill
  • Those with a sensitive gag reflex also find sedation to be a helpful solution.

After sedation

Afterwards you will feel drowsy and a little sleepy, and you will need to ask somebody to take you home and remain with you during the recovery process. Avoid drinking alcohol for at least 24 hours and follow your dentist’s advice. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us. Mubariz Hussain is a Dental Phobia Certified dentist who has years of experience in caring for nervous and phobic patients.

Here at Alpha House Dental Practice we treat patients from all over the country but in particular those residing in Birchington, Margate and Thanet, East Kent.