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Conquer your dental anxiety with a bit of help

Sedation Dentistry at Ascent Dental Care

Nervous patients are always welcome at Ascent Dental Care. We’ve put in place a range of methods to help you overcome any dental anxiety that might have previously stopped you from getting the dental care you deserve.

Rest assured that the gentle, modern dentistry you’ll find at Ascent Dental Care is a world away from what you may have experienced in the past. Thanks to advances in technology, treatments are less invasive, and pain relief is more accurate and efficient than ever before. In addition, our relaxation and sedation options can help you feel comfortable – and even happy – getting the dental treatments needed to help you smile again.

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What is Dental Sedation?

Dental sedation can help patients overcome the fear and anxieties that they experience during dental treatment. At Ascent Dental Care, we have been trained to offer IV (intravenous) sedation options to our patients.

Our Sedation Options

IV Sedation – Sedation to snooze through your treatment

This type of sedation won’t fully knock out the patient (as dental practices are not allowed to do so), but it will make the whole experience turn into a blur, and the patient will be unable to recall the treatment, making it a very relaxed and calm experience.

What happens once you are sedated through IV?

We will carefully and gently administer the IV sedation, so you feel relaxed and unaware of what is going on. We will then begin to start the treatment once you have entered this unaware state. We will monitor your breathing and pulse throughout the treatment to ensure that you are always safe and comfortable. During the treatment, you will be able to respond to any of our questions, but you won’t have any memory of the treatment after – it will be a hazy blur (which you will need a chaperon to take you home safely).

The best sleep you can have in the dentists’ chair!

Dental sedation will make the patient enter a very deep state of relaxation and be blissfully unaware of what is happening. For the short period of your dental treatment, the sedation can give complete or partial loss of memory, enabling you to get through the treatment quickly, safely and calmly. After the treatment, you will struggle to remember any of the treatment, and it will have been as if you were asleep the entire time!

Dental sedation can be a suitable option for:

  • Ages 16+
  • Nervous & worried patients
  • Patients who suffer from high anxiety
  • If you are scared of the dentist
  • Strong gag reflexes

anything is possible with dental sedation

Is it a general anaesthetic?

No. A general anaesthetic is used at hospitals to put patients fully under. Dental practices are not allowed to offer general anaesthetic. The dental sedation we offer is called Midazolam. This is a sedative that means you are awake, but you won’t be aware of what is going on around you.

Will being sedated hurt?

No. During the treatment, you will be awake, but you won’t be aware or conscious of what is happening, any of the sounds or feeling will be a complete blur, and you will not be able to remember the treatment.

Can I go to work the same day or after?

After you have had treatment under IV sedation, we always recommend that your chaperon takes you home, and you are not left alone (you will be unable to have sedation without someone to take you home). The effects of the sedation will have worn off, and you will be able to work the next day.

Do you still use local anaesthetic?

The IV sedative will be administered to the patient’s arm, and a numbing local anaesthetic is used to numb the gums.

What treatments can be carried out under sedation?

We have experienced patients who are extremely nervous about all aspects of dentistry, and the thought of sitting in the dental chair is too much for them. Because of this, we can offer sedation for the majority of treatments (including):

  • General dentistry (e.g. fillings, scale & polish etc.)
  • Dental Implants
  • Oral Surgery
  • Cosmetic dental treatment (e.g. Veneers & Crowns)

If going to the dentist is a truly scary and horrible experience, we offer dental sedation to get you through your treatment quickly and calmly. So book a consultation with us today!

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