It’s estimated that more than half of adults experience fear when visiting a dentist, but for some people the fear is so paralysing that it prevents them from receiving the dental care they need.
Benefits of sedation at
The Bristol Dental Practice
Solution for dental phobia
Conscious sedation is a comfortable solution for dental phobia that completely removes this obstacle by putting the patient into a pleasant, relaxed state for as long as necessary in which they can follow the instructions of their dentist. There is no ‘hangover’ but they are likely to have amnesia, not remembering much about the procedure and feeling drowsy.
How does conscious sedation work?
A solution is administered intravenously via the back of the patient’s hand. Intravenous sedation is the most predictable and powerful method of sedation and for most patients treatment seems to pass very quickly.
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Who can administer
It is not available at all dental practices. Clinicians must be qualified to undertake conscious sedation. The principal dentist at The Bristol Dental Practice, Dr Jonathan Cochrane, has undertaken a year long training programme at the Eastman Dental Hospital (UCL) in London, and his patients are carefully monitored by dental nurses who hold additional qualifications and training in conscious sedation.
Dr Rob Endicott has performed this procedure thousands of times for nervous patients. Having retired from clinical dentistry in 2018, he now solely works on sedation for patients at The Bristol Dental Practice and across the UK, supporting dentists as they provide anxiety free care.
How to prepare for
- bring an adult chaperone who can help you get home
- don’t eat within two hours of the appointment
- wear flat comfortable shoes
- wear a short-sleeved shirt so that we can check your blood pressure and administer the sedative drug
- remove nail varnish or false fingernails on at least two fingers (we use a special finger monitor during conscious sedation to check your heart rate and oxygen saturation levels which does not work through nail varnish)
What does sedation
Patients remain lucid for the whole procedure and can help us by letting us know how comfortable they are. However, they often recall little about the procedure after the event. They feel relaxed and content throughout.
How long is sedation
As long as necessary. The procedure is most effective in the first 30 minutes and its effect can be prolonged with additional small incremental doses. Although the sedative drug wears off swiftly patients may experience drowsiness for up to 24 hours. Patients are therefore asked not to:
- Drive a vehicle
- Operate machinery
- Cook or use a kettle
- Sign any legal documents
Referrals for sedation
We’re always happy to receive referrals for any of our dental services, we treat routine to very complex cases and we also help extremely nervous patients who require sedation in order to access dental treatment.