What is sedation?
Sedation is a state of drug induced deep calm relaxation to help you through your dental procedure.

What drugs are used?
The drugs most commonly used are benzodiazepines which are chemically related to Diazepam (Valium®). Midazolam (Hypnovel®) is most often used.

By what route are these drugs administered?
By a cannula (small needle) through a vein in your hand or arm.

What are the advantages of an injection?
Sedation, usually administered into a vein in the back of the hand, is the most predictable method. It acts quickly, its duration is short and it is controllable.

Why is sedation used?
Sedation enables nervous patients to tolerate routine dental treatment. It is helpful to people with gag reflexes, dental anxiety, a past history of difficult dental procedures, very sensitive teeth, complex dental problems and those with unpleasant childhood memories of dentistry.

Will I be asleep?
No. It is an intrinsic part of the technique that you do not lose consciousness and remain in verbal communication with the dentist throughout. You may fall asleep but will always be able to respond when spoken to.

Will I feel pain?
No. It is an integral part of the technique that local anaesthetic is used to prevent pain.

Is it safe?
It is very safe. Midazolam is a safe drug and the technique used preserves your reflexes throughout the procedure and carries a wide safety margin. You will be monitored throughout your treatment and recovery period.

What are the advantages of sedation to me?
It makes dental and other procedures more pleasant. It is safe. You will be relaxed, calm, and “removed from” the procedure. You may forget part of the procedure and this will seem to shorten the time it takes.
If you have any queries, please contact the dental practice on 066-7121457 / 087-1319792.

Download pre-operative instructions here.

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