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Anxious Patient Programme
Sedation for Nervous Dental Patients
At Tooting Bec Dental, we understand that nobody likes going to the dentist. Most patients accept their fears and attend for treatment, as part of their daily duties in life. However, there is a substantial number of patients who want a bit more peace of mind and comfort during their dental visits.
Intravenous sedation is administered by an injection, usually into the arm. This is a fast acting sedative which will leave the patient feeling a little drowsy and entirely relaxed. This makes the procedure easier for both the patient and the dentist. This is a very safe method but if you are pregnant or have any health issues you should inform the dentist beforehand.
This method of sedation comes in the form of a pill. Your dentist will inform you when to take the tablet to ensure that the maximum effect is obtained during the time of your treatment. Oral sedation is very much milder than IV sedation and it sometimes takes longer to work.
With both methods of sedation, a patient should ensure that they attend the appointment with a friend as they are likely to feel a little ‘out of it’ for a while afterwards and may need a little assistance in getting home. Under no circumstances should you drive or consume alcohol before or after having either form of sedation.