Let your fears of the dentist fade away with the help of dental sedation
What is Conscious Sedation?
At Portobello Dental Clinic, we offer the option of Conscious Sedation to all nervous patients. This unique form of sedation will allow you to settle into a state of deep, calm relaxation before your dentist treats you.
Treatment under Conscious Sedation is exactly the same as traditional dentistry, but without the anxiety. Since this method allows you to remain aware of what is going on around you, you will still be able to respond to questions and adjust your position if necessary.
We will usually provide this sedation intravenously to ensure that your dose contains the exact amount of medication you need to feel at ease, and to maintain your comfort throughout treatment.
At Portobello Dental Clinic, our dentists have a combined experience of over twenty years in this field, and all are certified and licensed to offer IV sedation.
What happens after the procedure?
Once the sedation wears off, you’ll have no unpleasant memories of your dental treatment, and it will seem as if no time has passed at all! Instead, it will feel as if you’ve just woken up from a satisfying nap.
The effects of the sedative will normally last for about an hour after your treatment, making Conscious Sedation a much quicker option than general anaesthetic. Additionally, there are no nasty side effects, such as nausea.
Are there any other benefits to using sedation?
Yes! As sedation has the dual effect of relaxing you and making time pass quickly, our dentists will be able to work even more efficiently than usual. This means that complex treatments which might usually be split over several visits will instead be completed in one.
Sedation is especially useful for patients requiring multiple fillings or a combination of different dental treatments. It is also a great help to anyone with a strong gag reflex, as the calming effect of the sedation will reduce this urge.
Is sedation dentistry right for me?
You may be suitable for sedation if you have the following:
- A strong fear of the dentist
- A history of difficult dental procedures
- Unpleasant childhood memories of dentistry
- Difficulty feeling the effects of local anaesthetic
- A strong gag reflex
- Very sensitive teeth
- Complex dental problems
- Limited time to attend multiple visits
- A strong dislike of the noises, smells or tastes experienced at the dentist
- A phobia or embarrassment about your teeth
Will I be unconscious during the treatment?
No. You will be in a state of complete relaxation but you will not be asleep or unconscious and will be able to respond to questions and move.
Will I be monitored?
Yes. At least two members of our team will be with you at all times and your vital signs will be monitored throughout the entire visit. We’ll take good care of you!
How long will I be sedated?
This depends on your treatment but the effects of the sedative will usually last for an hour after your treatment has ended.
Will someone need to come with me?
Yes. Although the effects of Conscious Sedation wear off more quickly than general anaesthetic, you will still need someone to drive you home and stay with you for the rest of the day.
Will I be ok the following day?
Yes. The effects of your sedation will have worn off completely by the next morning.
How do I book Conscious Sedation for my treatment?
Before carrying out any treatment, we will book you in for an initial check-up to take note of your concerns and allow you to become familiar with our clinic.
We will then proceed at a pace comfortable for you and carefully discuss the best plan for your treatment. You will be in full control of your options and can book whenever you’re ready.
What People Are Saying
I would recommend the Portobello Dental Clinic because I felt the price was reasonable, the service was excellent, all the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful and the end result looked great.
I am so glad I found the Portobello Dental Clinic and have no hesitation in recommending them to my family and friends. Everyone at the Portobello clinic is professional and friendly and the follow up phone call after treatment, to inquire how I was feeling was much appreciated.
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