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Sedation
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Sedation can be used for minor surgical procedures or when the patient is highly anxious and nervous. Procedures where sedation is commonly used include the removal of wisdom teeth and medical or cosmetic treatments.

Dentistry sedation can be used for minor surgical procedures or when the patient is highly anxious and nervous. Procedures where sedation is commonly used include the removal of wisdom teeth and medical or cosmetic treatments such as an endoscopy or vasectomy. Sedation methods in density include oral sedation, I.V. sedation and the use of nitrous oxide, known as inhalation sedation.

Your dentist will walk you through the sedation before your treatment begins and the process will vary depending on the sedation method chosen. However, all techniques will help you relax.

Sedation is a good option if:
• You are very nervous and don’t want know that the procedure is being carried out as it’s happening. In these circumstances an I.V. sedation may be recommended
• You feel as though you would benefit from relaxing a little; nitrous oxide can help you feel more comfortable in these circumstances
• You can’t even contemplate the thought of having the required procedure carried out without the help of sedation
• You have a fear of a specific procedure that is not aided by the usual types of pain control or sympathetic dentist
• You cannot help your fears of treatment even if you perceive them to be irrational
• You suffer with other forms of mental illness and would prefer to be sedated during the procedure to help you feel more comfortable
• You require a complex or potentially invasive procedure and sedation would help to make you feel more comfortable throughout.

If you choose to have dentistry sedation you will still be able to cooperate with the dentist but you’ll become drowsy and unaware that the procedure is taking place. The after effects of sedation can take some time to wear off and your dentist should advise you on how long you will continue to feel the effects for. You will not be able to drive, drink alcohol or work machinery immediately after the treatment.

There are several different types of dental sedation that can help you relax during procedures. The three most common are inhalation sedation, oral sedation and I.V. sedation, none of these involve being put to sleep, although general anaesthesia can be used in some circumstances.

• Inhalation sedation is commonly referred to as laughing gas, nitrous oxide, gas and air or happy gas
• Oral sedation can be administered as either a liquid or in tablet form to assist with anxiety
• Intravenous (I.V.) sedation which sees the drug being injected directly into a vein.

The cost of sedation dentistry varies depending on the option you choose and your dentist. Cost are usually around £50 for inhalation sedation, £100 for oral sedation and £250 for I.V. sedation.

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