Sedation for nervous patients

Are you a nervous patient?
We can help with that. 

We offer IV sedation to help you feel calm and relaxed during your dental treatment.

This is currently available at the following practices:

Cross Deep, Twickenham

South Ham, Basingstoke 

A few simple tips for nervous patients:

  • Book an appointment in the morning, this will ensure you can relax and recover for the rest of the day.
  • For regular appointments, make sure you have a good breakfast. This will set you up for the day and ensure your energy levels remain high.
  • Refrain from drinking alcohol, as this dehydrates you and can also make you worry more.
  • Bring a friend. Decide beforehand on what you are going to talk about that will help you relax keep calm. Perhaps discuss a recent holiday or one of your hobbies.
  • Talk openly to us. We will not judge you or tell you off for not coming to see us… honestly
  • Agree on a stop signal with us, this will ensure that YOU are in control.

What is intravenous (IV) sedation?

If you are nervous about having dental treatment or you are having a procedure which may be more complex, intravenous (IV) sedation is an effective and safe treatment.

Why do I need IV sedation?

It is an ideal way of helping you to relax if you are nervous about dental treatment.

What are the benefits?

While under IV sedation, you will feel deeply relaxed but you will still be able to understand and respond to requests from the dentist. However it is likely that you will not remember details of the procedure.

Are there any risks?

IV sedation is safe when it is supervised or carried out by a specially trained dentist.

IV sedation has four main effects:

  • It will reduce your anxiety and make you feel relaxed.
  • It will make you feel sleepy.
  • It will make you less aware of the procedure.
  • It will result in partial – or total loss of memory of the procedure.

Are there any alternatives?

  • Local anaesthetic alone
  • General anaesthetic

These alternatives may be suitable for you. Your dentist will discuss the relevant options with you.

If you are a nervous patient, all of our Damira practices are experienced in making you feel at ease and providing a stress-free experience. If you have any concerns before attending your appointment, find your nearest Damira practice and contact our friendly team.

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