If you are nervous and need something to ‘take the edge off’ inhalation sedation may be suitable for you. Your Dentist will give you a handheld tube shaped apparatus that you inhale through to produce a drowsy, calming effect that will reduce your anxiety. During the appointment you will still be able to respond to your Dentist’s questions or requests, and to breathe normally, but you will be calm and have little or no anxiety during your treatment.
If you are extremely nervous, we may recommend intravenous sedation, which can produce a deeper sedative effect than that of inhalation sedation. Intravenous sedation in our practice is administered by a visiting specialist anesthetist. Delivered via the bloodstream, this form of sedation acts quickly to place you in a totally relaxed state. During the appointment you will still be able to respond to your Dentist’s questions or requests, and breathe normally, but you will be extremely calm and have little or no memory of the procedure once the sedation has worn off.