Bristol Conscious Sedation Dentistry
We understand that coming to the dentist for treatment can feel frightening for people who have had negative or painful experiences in the past. With that in mind, you will find the whole team to be compassionate and understanding at all stages of your treatment. All procedures happen at whatever pace suits you, and you retain control of this throughout.
For some people, a little extra help is needed to get them through a procedure that they find especially difficult to face. In these instances, we are able to offer:
- Relative analgesia: Commonly known as “laughing gas”, this is the same gas mixture that is given to women during labour. It is a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen and is given via your nose to create a floaty, relaxed feeling. It is also safe for children’s treatment.
- Oral sedation: This is a tablet (e.g. diazepam) that you take 30 minutes prior to your appointment, to reduce feelings of anxiety.
- Intravenous sedation: This is where we place a small injection into the back of your hand and its puts you into a state of relaxation
There is no “hangover” from relative analgesia, so you are able to attend without a chaperone and drive yourself home again. If you elect to have oral sedation, you will need to bring a responsible person with you to take you home after your treatment and stay with you until the effects have worn off.
If you prefer a more natural approach to anxiety management, we can recommend a number of hypnotherapists who would be able to help you.