It is normal to be anxious about visiting the dentist, especially if it has been a long time since your last visit.
One of the most common things which leads to anxiety is the fear of experiencing pain or not knowing what is going to happen next.
We believe in a calm and gentle approach that allows us to treat majority of our patients without the need for dental sedation. By building the trust slowly, we find that this anxiety can reduce over time
However, we also have the facilities to arrange for treatment to be carried out under sedation for patients who suffer from dental phobia. We will discuss your options with you during your check-up appointment and make arrangements for our visiting anaesthetist to take care of you during the procedure.
We are proud to have Dr Joe Omar at Sedation Solutions, as our part of our team to assist us when you need a little more comfort during your visits to see us.
Joe is one of the most highly experienced and respected dental anaesthetists in the country. As a Clinical Lecturer and examiner in Sedation at the Eastman Dental Institute, University College London, he has extensive experience in management of anxious patients, in particular with the use of Intra Venous sedation.
He is the current President of the Association of Dental Anaesthetists (ADA) and it is a privilege to have Joe, working along side our team in order to provide an excellent service, in a calm and relaxing manner.
Conscious sedation is a technique used to make patients comfortable, totally relaxed and safe during minor dental operations and is a very effective viable alternative to general anaesthesia for many surgical dental procedures or for providing treatment for very anxious and phobic patients. You will come in with an escort on the day of surgery and leave the same day usually within one hour after the operation. Administration of the sedatives and analgesia results in you becoming drowsy and sleepy, and pain free. You are not completely unconscious at any point in time and often you will have very little recollection of the procedure.
Conscious sedation is achieved with intravenous agents such as benzodiazepines or opiates, usually administered into a vein. Your vital signs e.g. blood pressure, breathing, pulse rate, etc are monitored throughout the procedure to ensure your safety, and our sedationist will stay with you all the time. Recovery after sedation is much faster than with general anaesthesia.
If you are very anxious and feel you cannot tolerate a procedure or simply prefer to be more comfortable for instance during a surgical removal of a wisdom tooth, then sedation is right for you. Sedation fee is charged per hour and therefore treatment planning efficiently is key to making sedation more cost effective. Book a dental check-up with our dental team to create a treatment plan for any necessary treatment under sedation. Our team are especially trained to treat patients receiving treatment under sedation and will work alongside a medical seditionist.