Sedation

This is a technique, which has been used in dentistry for many years. It involves patient breathing a mixture of Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen through a small mask that fits over the nose. The mixture is carefully adjusted until the patient feels relaxed and comfortable. At no time does the patient fall asleep.
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We also offer IV (Intravenous) Sedation

Intravenous Conscious Sedation (aka "IV sedation") is when a drug, usually of the anti-anxiety variety, is administered into the blood system during dental treatment. What does it feel like? Will I be asleep?

A lot of dental practices use terms such as "sleep dentistry" or "twilight sleep" when talking about IV sedation. This is confusing, because it suggests that IV sedation involves being put to sleep. These terms are more descriptive of deep sedation. Deep sedation isn't commonly used (in the U.K. at least), and is classified as general anaesthesia (even though sedation occurs on a continuum).

In reality, you remain conscious during conscious IV sedation. You will also be able to understand and respond to requests from your dentist.

However, you may not remember much (or anything at all) about what went on because IV sedation induces a state of deep relaxation and a feeling of not being bothered by what's going on.

the drugs used for IV sedation produce either partial or full memory loss (amnesia) for the period of time when the drug first kicks in until it wears off. As a result, time will appear to pass very quickly and you will not recall much of what happened. Many people remember nothing at all. So it may, indeed, appear as if you were "asleep" during the procedure.

Patient stories

"I can now laugh, smile, have my photograph taken without thinking "hope nobody sees my horrible teeth'. Thank you so much."
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