Welcome to our patient referral service

You are here because you have been referred to us by your dentist.

Otherwise, you might be considering specialist treatment at Arnica not currently provided by your own dental practice. If this is the case, we recommend you discuss this with your dentist first and ask them to refer you to us.

About us

We are Cheltenham’s Dental Sedation Centre and Centre of Excellence for treating nervous, anxious and dental phobic patients who might otherwise not receive treatment that’s essential for healthy teeth and gums.

We are at the forefront of Gentle Dentistry – minimising discomfort and anxiety with sedation and a gentle approach that we adapt to suit the specific circumstances and needs of individual patients.

Why you’ve been referred to us

Your dentist has referred you to us for treatment requiring sedation and/or for more complex surgical procedures not currently available at your practice.

Your dentist has placed their trust in us to provide you with the highest standard of clinical care, with minimum discomfort and anxiety.

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Referrals for dental sedation

As Cheltenham’s Dental Sedation Centre we are the region’s leading dental sedation practice that is qualified, experienced and equipped to administer intravenous and inhalation sedation. These are essential to treating nervous, anxious and dental-phobic patients who would otherwise not receive the treatment they need.
Since 2001 we have been offering a comprehensive range of dental treatment under sedation, from routine restorative treatment to more complex treatments such as extractions, root canal therapy, crowns, veneers and dental implants.

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Intravenous Sedation

Intravenous sedation is where sedatives are administered through a cannula into a vein in the arm or the back of the hand. This technique changes the patient’s level of consciousness so that even the most anxious can undergo dental treatment, and although they remain conscious they often remember little about the procedure.

Intravenous sedation is also good for those with a hypersensitive gag reflex or resistance to local anaesthesia.

Sedation (IV) is primarily for adults or children over 16. However, following a comprehensive assessment, strict IV guidelines and best practice, we may recommend IV sedation for some children over 12.

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Inhalation Sedation

Inhalation sedation (also known as relative analgesia) involves breathing a mixture of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oxygen through a comfortably-fitting nose piece that allows dental treatment to be carried out simultaneously.

Inhalation sedation is one of the simplest ways to ensure dental treatment is as comfortable and stress-free as possible and is ideal for anxious children and adults with a hypersensitive gag reflex.

We have extensive experience of performing orthodontic extractions under relative analgesia.

Inhalation sedation will not cause drowsiness, however patients will feel much more relaxed and able to talk and therefore tell the dentist how they are feeling during the treatment.

Most patients have a nice warm feeling with inhalation sedation and may feel mild tingling in their hands and feet.

Once sedation is stopped patients will feel normal again in 5-10 minutes.

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Referrals for dental implants

Principal dentist and practice owner Dr Ellie Ledger is one of the region’s most experienced implantologists heading up a team that provides the following dental implant procedures:

  • single and multiple dental implants
  • implant supported bridges
  • implant retained dentures
  • the revolutionary all-on-4 procedure
  • All-on-4 procedure with zygomatic dental implants in cases of low bone density
  • Arnica has recently invested in a CBCT 3d low-dose digital scanner for faster, more accurate diagnosis and treatment planning
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Referrals for complex surgical procedures

With extensive experience of performing complex surgical procedures including maxillofacial trauma surgery, Dr Ellie Ledger and her team offer procedures not commonly available at other practices including sinus lifts/grafts, alveolar block grafts, soft tissue grafts and apicoectomies.

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Why choose our referral service

  • Trusted by over 100 regional referral dentists
  • Centre of Excellence for treating nervous, anxious and dental-phobic patients
  • One of the region’s leading implant centres
  • Extensive experience in complex surgical procedures

Our referral service guarantee acknowledges the trust you place in us and fully protects your interests and those of your patients.

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Our referral process

The steps of a routine dental implant can be summarised as follows:

Although we adapt the treatment and care we offer to suit the individual circumstances and needs of our patients, you can expect something similar to the following:

1. Your dentist will discuss your referral treatment first.


2. Your dentist will then refer you to us using our online or printed referral forms including any additional information such as x-rays.


3. We’ll then contact your dentist to confirm receipt of your referral form and if necessary discuss your treatment with them.


4. We’ll then contact you to chat through the referral process, enter your details onto our system and arrange your referral consultation with either Dr Ledger, Dr Leah Adams, Dr Carelyn Gore, Dr Gill Kemp or Dr Guy Bailey.


5. You’ll then be sent our referral pack comprising a confirmation letter, our referral guide, our sedation guide/s and a medical history form for you to complete prior to your appointment.


6. You’ll then attend a referral consultation which will include a patient examination and, if required, an x-ray or CBCT low-dose three-dimensional digital scan. Your Arnica dentist will discuss your treatment with you and give you a treatment plan and cost estimate.


If you prefer you can then discuss your treatment with your dentist before starting your course of treatment at Arnica.

If required, a member of the team can discuss affordable finance options with you to spread the cost of your treatment. (see below)

Contact reception to book your first treatment appointment. Reception might suggest that you book several appointments in advance to suit your course of treatment.

What our referral patients say

After shopping around I have discovered a gem of a dental practice where you can be confident you’ll get the best treatment from a team that really care, especially for those who are very anxious like me
R Marchant

After shopping around I have discovered a gem of a dental practice where you can be confident you’ll get the best treatment from a team that really care, especially for those who are very anxious like me
R Marchant

After shopping around I have discovered a gem of a dental practice where you can be confident you’ll get the best treatment from a team that really care, especially for those who are very anxious like me
R Marchant

Affordable Finance

Spread the cost of your referral treatment with our interest free and interest bearing finance options on treatments over £350.

Benefits to you of our affordable finance options

  • Make treatment instantly affordable by allowing you to spread the cost
  • Greater choice of treatments so you can choose the one perfect for you
  • Payment terms that are best suited to your financial circumstances.
  • No upfront deposit option so you can avoid dipping into your savings or having to find a lump sum to start your treatment.

Find out more about our affordable finance

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Need further information? Call us to chat through your referral with a member of the team

Call 01242 655554 and speak to Karen, Hester, Margie or Rachel for more information about our referral service.

Receptionist Hester Gooch and Margie Brown pictured right

Request a call back

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Key information for referral patients

When we book you in for your referral appointment we will send you our referral information pack comprising key information about your referral to Arnica Dental Care. You can also download this information below.

Patient referral guide

Our Patient Referral Guide provides referral patients with an overview of our referral service from the patient’s perspective, providing them with important information about being referred to Arnica including:

  • Why have you been referred to us
  • Our referral team
  • What to expect
  • Dental sedation
  • Guide to treatment with sedation
  • Contact information
  • Opening Times
  • Our referral guarantee to your dentist

Click to download

Patient guide to intravenous sedation (IV)

Key information on Intravenous Sedation for patients including what to expect, how to prepare, and what to do afterwards:

  • Why are you having intravenous sedation
  • What you will feel
  • What to expect
  • During treatment
  • Are there any risks?
  • Consent

Click to download

Patient guide to inhalation sedation (AI) – adults

Key information on Inhalation Sedation for adult patients including:

  • What is Inhalation Sedation (IS)?
  • What are the Benefits of IS?
  • Who can administer IS?
  • What are the risks?
  • On the day of the inhalation sedation visit:
  • Important considerations

Click to download

Patient guide to inhalation sedation (AI) – children

Key information on Inhalation Sedation for parents of child patients, including what to expect, how to prepare, and what to do afterwards:

  • What is Inhalation Sedation (IS)?
  • What are the benefits?
  • What are the risks?
  • On the day of the Inhalation Sedation visit
  • Important considerations
  • Fees

Click to download