Dental sedation minimises the stress, anxiety and pain patients experience during treatment
All dentists at Arnica Dental Care are qualified to administer IV (Intravenous) and IS (Inhalation) sedation (see below)
Over 80 dentists within a 30-mile radius of Cheltenham refer their patients to Arnica for treatment requiring sedation or for more complex surgical procedures.
Sedation techniques that Arnica dentists use to help nervous, anxious patients to relax
Injection into the gum (local anaesthetic)
This is the defacto method for most patients. There is an initial small amount of pain which quickly subsides leaving the area around the tooth completely numb. This ensures that the patient feels no pain whatsoever when treatment on that tooth or teeth is carried out.
However, some of our patients require alternative methods to control pain and anxiety.
Oral sedatives are taken in the mouth in the form of liquids, capsules or tablets. Oral sedatives can be used to help you relax before you arrive at Arnica or can be taken on arrival to help you relax whilst you are having treatment.
Intravenous sedation is an extremely safe way of reducing stress, anxiety and pain and helping you to relax.
Intravenous sedation is where a sedative agent is administered in the back of your hand or the front of your elbow.
When you are sedated you will feel very relaxed, peaceful and maybe sleepy, and will be largely unaware of what is going on. However, sedation is not a general anaesthetic and you will remain conscious during the treatment, enabling you to talk to the dentist and ensuring your protective reflexes are maintained (e.g. coughing).
Once you feel drowsy and sufficiently relaxed, a local anaesthetic will be administered to numb your mouth and the dental work will commence.
The sedative used is called midazolam and it is one of the safest and most frequently used sedatives.
Afterwards you may have little or no recollection of having treatment carried out.
During your treatment your pulse and blood oxygen levels will be monitored. This monitoring will continue during the recovery period after your treatment has been completed, until the dentist is happy that you are ready to be discharged into the care of your escort.
Not all patients are suitable for intravenous sedation, but your dentist will be able to advise you on your suitability following an assessment visit.
Inhalation sedation (also known as IS) involves your child breathing a mixture of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oxygen. This is done through a comfortable-fitting nose piece that allows dental treatment to be carried out at the same time.
Inhalation sedation is one of the simplest ways to make dental treatment as easy and comfortable as possible and is therefore ideal for treating children.
Inhalation Sedation for Children
IS does not make your child go to sleep, instead they will still be aware of the surroundings and the dental treatment their receiving however they will feel much more relaxed.
Your child will be able to talk and therefore tell the dentist how they are feeling during the treatment.
Most children have a nice warm feeling with IS and may feel mild tingling in their hands and feet.
Once sedation is stopped your child will feel normal again in 5 – 10 minutes
For a guide to receiving treatment with sedation please see our Guide to Treatment with Sedation
Staff qualified to administer intravenous (iv) dental sedation:
Dr Ellie Ledger has been providing intravenous dental sedation to nervous / anxious patients and dental-phobic patients for many years and is a member of SAAD (Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry)
Dr Leah Adams has completed a Masters Degree in Dental Sedation from Cardiff University and currently teaches conscious sedation to both dentists and nurses. Leah also sits on sits on the board of SAAD (Society of Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry) and regularly lectures on the national SAAD course.
Dr Bailey is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine and SAAD (Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry)
Dr Gillian Kemp recently completed training in pain and anxiety control and is a member of SAAD (Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry)