Our sedation dentists in London like Dr Patel are qualified in the safe administration of all types of sedatives including intravenous sedation.
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As experienced sedation dentists in London, we know more than most how horrific dental phobia can be – and how being an anxious patient can make undergoing treatment a stressful and difficult process.
For our patients, who cannot be soothed with regular relaxation techniques and need to undergo complex and often essential procedures like implant surgery we can offer oral sedation as well as intravenous (IV) sedation.
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Sedation dentistry is appropriate for patients who have serious dental fears, experience dental anxiety or who are particularly nervous about booking a certain surgery due to the perceived levels of pain.
We understand as sedation dentists that each person is different and so are their pain thresholds – what we might describe as pain-free, you might perceive as hugely painful based on previous negative experiences. That said, sedated dental treatments are safe and accessible to those who need it.
We offer two types of conscious sedation:
Both of which will make you feel utterly relaxed to the point you might drift off during your treatment. With both sedative types, patients will remain conscious and responsive but will experience no negative effects typically associated with their treatment. In fact, many patients have little to no memory of the procedure taking place.
With all types of sedation, you will be required to have a responsible adult ready to escort you after your procedure.
Intravenous sedation describes the process of administering anti-anxiety drugs (typically Midazolan) through your blood during your treatment. The IV sedation will be connected through a canula in your hand and will instantly help you to relax and feel at peace.
IV sedation will work quickly and have fast effects with most people falling asleep 15 to 30 minutes after it has been administered. Once we remove it, you’ll begin to wake up in 20 minutes and be fully recovered from sedative effects within six hours.
Even though it’s referred to as sleep dentistry, IV sedation does not make you sleep, you will simply feel drowsy and relaxed.
The drug is given through a vein through an extremely thin needle close to the surface of the skin in the back of the hand or arm. The needle is then removed leaving a soft plastic tube called a cannula, which is what the sedation drug will be given through.
Throughout the procedure, a patient’s pulse and oxygen levels will be measured using a pulse oximeter, which will clip onto a finger to measure the pulse and oxygen saturation – this is why it’s important that patients do not arrive wearing false nails or nail varnish.
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Oral sedation is another form of conscious sedation, where the dentist will give you a sedative medication in pill form an hour before surgery begins. Typically, the medication used for oral sedation is Halcion, which is in the diazepam (Valium) family. However, medication can vary and also include zaleplon and lorazepam.
In paediatric dentistry, we an use liquid sedation such as midazolam oral syrup.
When opting for oral sedation, nervous patients should bear in mind that the effects can make you quite groggy, causing you to fall asleep during your procedure. But you’ll still be responsive and able to communicate with the oral surgeon if necessary.
Read more about the experience and expertise of our oral surgeons and dental specialists certified in the administration of sedation dentistry, who can help make your treatment a more comfortable, convenient and relaxing.
The cost of sedation will depend on which type of sedation you’re recommended or opt for, as well as how long your surgery is.
For example, if you’re undergoing dental implant surgery to place one implant, that will typically take an hour and will cost you from £350 for IV sedation and £130 for oral sedation.
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