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Relaxed Dental Care
Caring for Nervous patients is what we do best.
On bank holidays and other holidays we
are available all day: simply call us on 07973 227415.
Dental Sedation appointments are available Evenings and Weekends)
Appointments for Sedation are normally available within a couple of days and sometimes the next day. We offer sedation appointments in the evening and on Saturdays as well.
We offer sedation for all treatment, from the longer appointments like Root Treatments or multiple restorations to short visits for simple extractions or Hygienist visits.
The cost of sedation depends on the time taken for the sedation.
Sedation at our practice is carried out by Dr Etienne Deysel who is a fully medically qualified Sedationist.
Sedation is not suitable for all patients but offers a great way for many nervous patients to have their treatment.
For more information please ring 01908 690326 or email Sedation@TheHubDentalPractice.com
1. What is the difference between GA and Sedation?
In the past GA was frequently prescribed to carry out dental procedures while the patient was unconscious. This option has been banned from general dental practice by the Department of Health from the end of 2001.
During the past few years sedative drugs and techniques have been developed which have eclipsed the need for GA in dentistry. During sedation the patients are conscious but they are not aware of any pain and have no recollection of the dental procedure. This technique is very safe when carried out by a well trained Sedationist and his team in appropriate surroundings. With sedation, the patient breathes for himself and does not suffer the ill effects of GA, nausea, muscle pains and sore nose and throat.
2. I am scared of needles, what can you do to minimise this fear?
Before you attend our clinic you can go to your GP and tell him/her of your concerns. He may prescribe you some Ametop or EMLA cream which contains local anaesthetic solution and applying this to your hands one hour prior to your dental visit will numb you hands so that you will not feel any sensation during cannulation. On your arrival at our clinic notify our receptionist who will let the Sedationist know. The Sedationist may ask you to inhale a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen gasses (similar to the Entonox women use during childbirth) to make them feel more relaxed before inserting the cannula.
3. While I am sedated, will I be able to hear, feel or see anything?
You will be able to hear things as verbal contact must be maintained – as per the GDC definition of conscious sedation. If we ask you to take a deep breath, you will respond, but you will not remember this and none of what is occurring will worry or trouble you. You may not be able to see anything as we cover your eyes with protective glasses and patients frequently feel so relaxed that they fall asleep during treatment. Your mouth is numbed up as usual in the dental surgery but you will not be able to recall this happening and the dental treatment will proceed while your teeth and gums are completely numb so that you won’t be able to feel anything.
4. How long will recovery take?
This depends largely on the amount of sedation and the amount of dental work that you have received. This also depends on your metabolism of the sedative drugs used in your sedation. Typically most patients have left the premises within 45 minutes of going into our recovery facility where a trained nurse will supervise your recovery and give you your postoperative instructions.
5. What is Intravenous Sedation?
Intravenous sedation is the administration of a tranquiliser drug into the blood system in order to facilitate dental surgery in the highly anxious patient.
The drug is injected into one of the superficial veins of the arm or hand. As the vein is usually just under the skin and the cannulas (a small plastic tube) used today are extremely thin this is usually quite painless. This technique produces a feeling of relaxation and sleepiness. Treatment can then be carried out by using the normal local anaesthetic which is given as needed during treatment. Even the most highly anxious patients can be successfully treated with this technique. Most patients experience either full or partial memory loss of the dental surgery.
6. Who can have Sedation?
The vast majority of patients are medically able to have sedation, although some medical conditions rule it out as an option(severe lung diseases, some heart problems or uncontrolled high blood pressure). As opposed to general anaesthesia the patient remains conscious but deeply relaxed throughout the surgery. Thus the potential dangers of general anaesthesia are avoided. A great deal of research has been carried out on this subject and so long as the sedation is carried out by a dentist, Sedationist or anaesthetist who is trained and experienced in the technique it has been shown to be extremely safe.
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