Sedation dentistry is a safe way of making dental treatment easier for anxious patients and making bigger procedures easier for “good patients”. This page lets you know some information about this and what to expect before and after your visit. Please check the specific advice of your anaesthetist / dentist when using this information.
What is dental sedation?
Conscious sedation is a carefully controlled technique using certain drugs which allows dental treatment to be performed with minimal stress.
What drugs are used?
The type of drug most commonly used are called Benzodiazepines. The drug most commonly used is called Midazolam ( Hypnovel ), though sometimes we may use others.
How are the drugs given?
Normally these are given by injection in the hand or arm. This allows for quick, predictable and controlled sedation. We may also use a drink or tablets first for those who do not like injections.
What are the advantages of sedation?
Sedation will make you calm, relaxed and removed from the procedure. You may forget or loose track of time while sedated, making the procedure seem shorter. Sedation often removes the need for general anaesthetic.
Will I be asleep?
No, you do not go to sleep and you will still be able to talk to us. The sedative will make you feel drowsy. Sedation is not a general anaesthetic.
Will I feel pain?
No. Local anaesthetic is an important part of good sedation.
Is it safe?
Yes, it is very safe. The technique used preserves your natural reflexes and has a wide safety margin
Take your medicines at the usual times.
Have a light meal about two hours before your appointment
Bring a responsible adult escort to the hospital with you, they will stay in the hospital and take you home after your treatment
Let us know of any changes to your medical history or medications, or if you are pregnant
Avoid wearing clothes with tight sleeves, wear sleeves that allow access to the top part of the arm
Remove any nail varnish from your fingernails as this interferes with our monitoring equipment (a pulse monitor is placed on your finger throughout treatment).
Let your escort take you straight home in a car or taxi
Arrange for a responsible adult to stay with you, and look after you for the rest of the day
Rest for the day
Arrange for someone else to care for anyone you usually look after, such as children or elderly or sick relatives
Take your medications as usual
You should not:
Drive or ride a bicycle or climb ladders
Operate machinery including cookers
Make important decisions or sign legal documents
This advice is based on the best available information at the time of publishing. The author does not accept responsibility of following this advice without the direction of a dental professional. Copyright (C) Caoimhin Mac Giolla Phadraig All rights reserved