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Conscious Dental Sedation Glasgow

Pain- free Stress Free Sedation Dentistry

What is Sedation Dentistry?

If you have a fear of going to the dentist, you are not alone. Dental anxiety is a recognised issue for many people and one that we are well accustomed to coming across at The Berkeley Clinic. The key aim of our team is to help you manage and overcome any dental fears you may have and create beautiful and healthy smiles.

Can Conscious Sedation help you to Overcome your Dental Anxiety?

Our clinic uses various tactics to help patients relax and receive dental treatments without anxiety or stress. Conscious sedation is a safe and effective way to suppress anxiety and phobia during your visit to the dentist. It is a combination of medicines that help you relax and block pain during a dental procedure. Dental sedation does not put you to sleep, however it puts you into a deeply relaxed state. 

Inhalation Sedation

It’s never too late to improve your oral health, and we have several techniques that we can use to help you overcome your anxiety. We have dentists at our clinic who are experienced in treating nervous and anxious patients. We will ensure that from the moment you arrive at the clinic, we’ll provide the help you need to make your visit as stress-free as possible. 

Types of Dental Sedation at The Berkeley Clinic

Nitrous Oxide

This is a colourless and odourless gas which, (in combination with oxygen), can be used to produce light sedation when inhaled via a nasal hood/mask. As it is fast, safe and is easily and quickly reversible, it is often the preferred sedation technique with children, in emergencies, and for quick, basic dental procedures.

Intravenous (IV) Sedation is a reliable and effective means of producing more profound sedation with a rapid onset of action. Midazolam is the most common drug used. IV sedation is ideal for longer or more difficult dental procedures e.g. extractions, or multiple restorations. Amnesia is quite common with IV sedation; however, some patients can recall some of their treatment, allowing them to build positive memories and experiences of dental treatment. 

Oral Sedation 

Depending on the total dose given, oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. The sedative is taken either in liquid or tablet form.

Tablet- A tablet (often diazepam or temazepam) taken one hour prior to the dental visit can take the edge off any anxiety. Some people also find it beneficial to take a tablet the night before their appointment to help them sleep.

Liquid- Midazolam is a commonly used oral sedative. As it is a liquid, it can be mixed with orange juice and drunk at your appointment. The sedative will usually take effect within about twenty minutes.

These options can produce a sense of calm and relaxation. We will listen to your concerns and provide you with honest information about the dental sedation option that will be the safest and most effective for you. 

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