Sedation means feeling relaxed, free from fear and anxiety, pain and distress.
These feelings are produced by drugs called sedatives.
Sometimes you need sedation for an investigation or treatment at the clinic/surgery.
The operator may need to compliment local anaesthetic technique for maximum comfort and a pleasant surgical experience.
This can be for a number of reasons:
If you have a strong “gag” reflex and the dentist finds it difficult to get access to dental treatment.
There are 3 ways sedation medicine can be given:
You can often choose how the sedation medicine is given. Dr. George will talk to you about this if you ask the practice.
Liquids & tablets take up to an hour to work.
Gas works straight away.
Injection may make you become sleepy very quickly. This is Dr. George’s preferred treatment.
Modern sedation medicines are safe and complications are rare if you are in a good health or if you have well controlled medical condition.
1 in 10 might have a headache, feel sick or dizzy, or be sick.
1 in 25 (especially young adults) might get so restless that the treatment has to be cancelled.
You will be giving Intravenous Conscious Sedation (IVCS). Very rarely she may give you small volume of medicine by mouth if you really need it.
Some young people will feel or be sick, especially if you prone to be sick after any anaesthetic. This should only last for a short time. Please mention that to Dr. George so she can give you medicine to help with this.
On the very rare occasion, if the sedation medicine doesn’t work Dr. George will either try a different type of sedation or cancel the treatment for that day. She will let you know what will happen next and answer any questions you have.
Sometimes you will not have a choice about how the sedation medicine is given. This is usually decided by your treating Dentist/surgeon when they consult Dr. George for your appointment.
If this happens everything will be explained to you.
Your wishes are very important – we will work with you to give you the best possible care.
Please read the enclosed Pre-& Post Anaesthetic instructions for more information, how to prepare yourself for the treatment and what to expect afterwards.