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Truss Dental, 85 East Road, Irvine, Ayrshire, KA12 0AA | Email: info@trussdental.com | Tel: 01294 277850

Email: info@trussdental.com | Tel: 01294 277850

Sedation – Taking the anxiety out of dentistry

  • Nervous about your dental treatment?
  • Make excuses to avoid the dentist?
  • Only visit when you are suffering from toothache?

If you have answered yes to any of these, Truss Dental can help you face your fear of the dentist

We understand that many people experience a great deal of worry and anxiety about having dental treatment. We are here to make your dental experience as pleasant as possible. In some cases, treatment under sedation may be appropriate. Your dentist can discuss this with you at your appointment.

All about sedation

What is intravenous sedation?

Intravenous sedation is a safe and effective way to reduce anxiety in dental patients, making those who find dental procedures stressful, more pleasant for them.

Who will sedate me?

Our dentist Jennifer Danks will administer intravenous sedation, having undertaken suitable intravenous sedation training.
Jennifer is also assisted by a dental nurse trained in the monitoring and care of patients receiving treatment under intravenous sedation.

What is the sedative?

The sedative used is called midazolam. It is a member of the benzodiazepine group of drugs. Midazolam is appropriate for intravenous sedation as it brings about a complete state of relaxation. The recovery period is also quite short, with no feelings of nausea.

How is the sedative given?

At Truss Dental, we use IV (Intravenous) sedation that goes into your blood supply via a small tube inserted in a vein. In most cases this is done in the back of the hand or arm. Once the tube is in place the needle will be removed and the sedative passed into your vein.

What does it feel like to be sedated?

You will feel very relaxed and possibly sleepy, with a general sense of detachment from what is going on. During your procedure, you stay conscious. After your procedure, you are likely to have little or no memory of having the treatment carried out.

What happens after I am sedated?

A local anaesthetic is still needed to numb the area of surgery, and is given before your procedure begins. After your treatment, a recovery period is necessary during which the immediate effects of the sedation start to wear off. Your monitoring will be continued during this time. All relevant postoperative instructions will be discussed with you and your escort. When we are satisfied that you have recovered enough, you will be discharged home in your escort’s care.

How long does the sedation last?

The length of dental sedation depends on the treatment you need; we aim to keep the sedation at a satisfactory level for the duration of your procedure, and you will only be discharged home when you have recovered enough from the sedation. The effects of the sedative will be present for the next 24 hours, so it is essential that you follow our postoperative instructions.

Are there any risks involved?

IV sedation is safe and the vast majority of our patients do not have any problems. However, as will all procedures, there is a risk of complications. The risks associated with intravenous sedation are very small and can be further minimized by following our pre- and postoperative instructions. We will outline these risks before the procedure and answer any questions you may have.

How does sedation compare with general anaesthesia?

Intravenous sedation is a form of ‘conscious sedation’ as, unlike general anaesthesia, the aim is not to bring about a complete loss of consciousness. IV sedation is a more pleasant way of having potentially stressful dental treatment carried out. It is especially effective if you are apprehensive as the sedative’s action actually removes anxiety and so makes dental treatment much more comfortable.

Before your procedure

You must ensure that you are accompanied by a responsible adult who will escort you home after your procedure and arrange for you to be looked after for the following 24 hours (please do not bring any children with you).

  • You do not need to fast. Please ensure you have a light meal before attending for your appointment.
  • Do not drink alcohol on the day of your procedure.
  • Give us details of any changes to your medical history or daily medications.
  • Continue to take all routine medications (including inhalers) at the usual times, unless you have been specifically advised otherwise.
  • If you feel unwell before your appointment, report this to us, because illness may affect your treatment.
  • Wear loose-fitting and comfortable clothing, with sleeves which can easily be pulled up beyond your elbows.
  • Clean your teeth thoroughly before coming in for your procedure.

After your procedure

  • Your escort should take you home by private car, rather than public transport.
  • Rest for a few hours at home and take the rest of the day quietly.
  • Eat light and easily digestible food for the rest of the day.
  • Take any medicines which have been prescribed for you.
  • For 24 hours after receiving intravenous sedation: Do not drive any vehicle, operate any machinery or use any domestic appliance.
  • Do not drink alcohol.
  • Do not return to work, make any important decisions or sign any legal documents.

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