Implant dentistry encapsulates a wide range of surgical procedures that require us to carry out treatment with a gentle precision. However, it is surgical dentistry and the procedures themselves may sometimes be lengthy. In this instance, we may recommend that patients consider conscious sedation in order to ensure the experience is as stress-free and relaxing as possible.
Dental sedation is also known as ‘twilight sedation’ or ‘conscious sedation’.
It works by using a very safe sedative called ‘Midazolam’ to induce a state of deep relaxation. It is not designed to ‘put you to sleep’, but is used as a relaxant (although we do find that many patients naturally fall asleep during treatment!).
Most patients remain responsive and can understand commands, but the amnesic effect of the drug will mean that patients remember very little of the procedure afterwards. In addition, patients treated under conscious sedation will often lose track of time, and a very long appointment will appear to be over in minutes.
Patients treated using dental sedation remain very calm and relaxed throughout the entire procedure.
The sedatives that we use are extremely safe and the side effects are minimal which means that after a 24hr recovery period (no driving, cooking or operating machinery) you can return to life as normal!
We will take the time to assess your medical history prior to your treatment & sedation session to ensure that you are entirely suitable. However, we do find that most patients who are nervous, worried or anxious can be treated using conscious sedation.
Benefits of Dental Sedation:
- The sedatives are safe and side effects minimal
- You can have a lot of treatment in just 1 session, which reduces both cost and number of visits
- Dental sedation can help to overcome fear and anxiety for good
- Most patients are suitable for conscious sedation (but will be assessed on individual needs).
- You can be rid of pain and discomfort very quickly
- You won’t remember much about the procedure
Conscious sedation is a wonderful, safe way to feel calm and relaxed during dental treatment.
If you think you would like to try dental sedation, why not call us at Ascent Dental Care Malvern, to book your free consultation? Our team are experienced, warm and friendly and will be at your side for every step of your sedation journey.
If you are unsure, why not come to the practice and take a look around? Meet the team? No pressure and no obligation, we simply want to help you to overcome your fears so that you are pain-free and can smile with confidence again.