Patient Sedation at Bamford Dental Practice
It is common to have a fear of the dentist. Dentistry has changed dramatically over the years with improved techniques for patient management and local anaesthesia to prevent pain during dental treatment. Intra venous sedation can be a good way to reduce anxiety, particularly if a prolonged or difficult course of treatment is anticipated, for example a root canal treatment or a dental extraction. We know you are nervous and we are here to help.
A pre-operative assessment will be carried out to allow you to meet us and to discuss your anxieties and the proposed treatment. A comprehensive medical history will be taken and you will be asked to sign a consent form.
Your blood pressure, pulse and oxygen levels will be recorded. An injection will be placed in your arm or the back of your hand. The drug used is midazolam which causes relaxation and forgetfulness. Local anaesthetic will be given and the dental treatment carried out. You will be monitored throughout treatment. You will be conscious throughout the treatment and able to respond, but will be very relaxed and will remember little about the procedure.
The sedation appointment will be at least 1 hour long to allow recovery time. You will not be allowed to:
- Leave the practice without an escort
- Operate machinery
- Sign important documents for 24 hours after the procedure
You will be asked to:
- Refrain from work for 24 hours
- Be supervised at home for 24 hours