Intravenous sedation is an extremely safe way of reducing stress, anxiety and pain and helping you to relax.
Intravenous sedation is where a sedative agent is administered in the back of your hand or the front of your elbow.
When you are sedated you will feel very relaxed, peaceful and maybe sleepy, and will be largely unaware of what is going on. However, sedation is not a general anaesthetic and you will remain conscious during the treatment, enabling you to talk to the dentist and ensuring your protective reflexes are maintained (e.g. coughing).
Once you feel drowsy and sufficiently relaxed, a local anaesthetic will be administered to numb your mouth and the dental work will commence.
The sedative used is called midazolam and it is one of the safest and most frequently used sedatives.
Afterwards you may have little or no recollection of having treatment carried out.
During your treatment your pulse and blood oxygen levels will be monitored. This monitoring will continue during the recovery period after your treatment has been completed, until the dentist is happy that you are ready to be discharged into the care of your escort.
Not all patients are suitable for intravenous sedation, but Dr Gillian Leslie will be able to advise you on your suitability following an assessment visit.