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Dental Sedation Leicester

Dental Sedation Leicester

Many people accept that, while visits to the dentist aren’t exactly fun, they are a part of life. But for some people, the idea of visiting a dentist is enough to fill them with anxiety and dread. Fortunately, sedation dentistry is an option to help make you feel more comfortable during your visit. If you’re a patient struggling with dental anxiety, be sure to consult us before deciding on the right solution.

IV sedation, also known as conscious sedation, is a sort of middle ground and it doesn’t fully put you to sleep like a general anaesthetic. It does make you less aware of what is going on around you during your procedure or treatment. While some forms of sedation are inhaled (like nitrous oxide) or are taken in pill form, IV sedation is administered intravenously through a vein.

Conscious sedation will help you cope with dental treatment and lower your anxiety. Even people who do not feel anxious about dental treatment choose to have conscious sedation for uncomfortable procedures such as extractions (having teeth removed). During sedation treatment you’ll experience a calming effect, drowsiness, minor amnesia, and tingling sensations. Within 2 or 3 minutes you experience a full-body euphoria and pain breezes away while peace settles in.

Are You Suitable For Dental Sedation?

If you are generally in good health but fear going to the dentist or feel anxious when you are at the dentist, sedation might help you get your teeth cleaned so you can maintain or improve your oral health. Some people are more likely to experience adverse effects due to sedation. Older people and people with other health conditions have an increased risk for side effects. Often, dentists will give older people a smaller dose of the sedative to lower the risk of negative effects.

Your dentist is the person who’s best equipped to help you decide whether or not IV sedation is the right option for you. It might be that another option, such as inhaled sedation, makes more sense for you. If it’s been a while since you’ve seen your dentist, call us. Our empathetic team at 33 Dental Practice will be happy to discuss whether or not sedation is a good pick for you.

How To Prepare For Being Sedated At The Dentist

You will have to make some adjustments to your habits and activities before getting IV sedation during a dental visit. We recommend not eating or drinking anything at least eight hours before your visit or procedure. Your dentist can provide you with more specific details on eating and drinking, including when to stop, based on the time of your visit.

Although IV sedation won’t put you completely under, you are likely to feel pretty groggy or out of it for some time after your visit. Have a friend or family member bring you to the dentist and, more importantly, drive you home afterward. It’s a good idea to avoid scheduling anything for the rest of the day so you can rest.

Your dentist will give you specific instructions about any medications you might take. You may have to stop taking some medicines before your visit.

What Happens During Sedation?

Intravenous sedation involves giving you an injection of sedative drug through a plastic tube into a vein in your arm or hand. The sedative drug will relax you and make you feel sleepy during your treatment. You won’t be fully asleep during your visit or procedure when you receive IV sedation. But you won’t really be aware of what’s going on, either. You may be able to follow basic commands and will respond if the dentist touches you. You’ll also be able to breathe on your own and won’t need to have your heart rate monitored. If your dentist is performing a procedure that requires a local anaesthetic, such as filling a cavity, the anaesthetic will be given after the sedation has taken effect.

Patients who consider sedation dentistry often have different reasons for their interest, such as the following:

  • Phobia related to dental procedures
  • Bad experience with dental work in the past
  • Particularly sensitive oral nerves
  • Small mouth that becomes sore during dental work
  • Resistance to local anaesthetic
  • General anxiety disorder

If you recognise yourself in any of those problem areas, consider asking your dentist about sedation dentistry. Dental sedation can help patients get through many types of dental work, such as root canals, tooth extractions, dental implantation, and more. However, it’s typically not offered for regular dental cleanings, X-rays, and other routine care. Cases of extreme anxiety may be a viable reason for sedation during those procedures, though.

At 33 Dental we are committed to helping you feel better about getting into the chair. Offering dental sedation allows us to give just the right amount of help that each patient requires.

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COVID-19 update

Many of you will be aware that during the latest Covid 19 update dental practices have been given the green light to re-open the surgery from 8th June. Whilst this is good news, there are a number of procedures that we have being putting in place to make treatment safe for our patients and staff, as we are sure you will appreciate, this is taking some time to set up.

Our intention is, if at all possible to commence opening on the 8th June but this is entirely dependent on our ability to obtain training and appropriate PPE which as you know there is a great shortage of. This equipment will be essential for us to be able to operate.

From 8th- 29th of June we will be prioritising the most urgent of cases including those who have been experiencing problems during this lockdown period. We will contact you directly to arrange an appointment. This period may be extended if required.

Rest assured we are trying our utmost to source this PPE as soon as possible to enable us to extend our treatment further to include fillings, crown/bridge work, root treatments and surgical extractions, scale & polish ect.

We anticipate that it will be several weeks before we will be able to commence these more advanced procedures.

This is a rapidly changing environment which we are adapting to as quickly as we possibly can. We really appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this difficult period and look forward to welcoming you back to the practice soon.

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