Sedation | Dr Monica's Dental Clinic

We will do all they can to help put your mind at rest if you’re nervous or anxious about treatment. First of all, talk to us about your concerns. We will be able to explain the treatments and what each of the instruments does.
We also have distractions including a fish tank, relaxing background music and even videos – to take your mind off your treatment.

As well as listening to your concerns, we can offer more practical solutions too. Conscious sedation, where you stay awake but special drugs mean that your anxiety levels are lowered. Our practice offers hypnosis or acupuncture either to get you over your fears or to distract you from them. If your anxiety is severe, you may want to consider specialist counselling or anxiety management courses.

Is there anything that can help me with my fear of the dentist?

Some people are so frightened of the dentist or ‘dental phobics’ that they will not see a dentist usually due to a painful or unpleasant past dental experience. They can overcome their fears with relaxation, referral to a hypnotist or Intravenous sedation. Our dentists are sympathetic about these feelings and an Anaesthetist Specialist doctor can be arranged to help sedate you. This is given by injection, either in the back of your hand or in your arm. The dose will depend on the amount of treatment needed and the length of time it will take to complete. You wake up having no memory of what took place and must be accompanied by a resposible adult to take you home and look after you.

How will IV sedation in the surgery affect me?

You become drowsy and unaware of any treatment, but you are still able to co-operate with the dentist. The effects of sedative medicine take some time to wear off and your dentist will tell you how long the drugs will take to clear from your body. You won’t be able to drink alcohol, drive or work machinery during this time.

What else can help?

Oral sedatives may be administered to help relax you and allieviate your anxiety.