Dental Sedation Glasgow
Conscious sedation (An aid for anxious people)
Since 1998 Conscious Sedation has grown as an alternative to General Anaesthesia in General Dental Practice. Intravenous conscious sedation (aka IV sedation) is when a drug is administered into the blood stream producing a state of deep relaxation. Patients remain awake during IV Sedation and are able to understand and reply to questions from the dentist.
The drugs used for IV sedation produce either partial or full memory loss for the period of time when the drug first begins to work until it wears off. Time will appear to pass very quickly and you will not recall much of what happened. Many patients remember nothing at all.
During IV sedation you still required to be numbed by an injection. However, you will not be numbed until the IV sedation has taken full effect. If you have a phobia of needles you will be relaxed enough not to care by this stage. The dentist will wait till you are numb before starting on any dental treatment.
The drugs used in IV sedation are administered into a vein. The IV sedation drug used is midazolam. It is a short acting benzodiazepine, meaning it will leave your system quickly. The main effects are to relax you, make you sleepy and to produce partial or total memory loss. The midazolam is put into the vein slowly and reviewed every two minutes to assess response. Response to the midazolam is monitored because there are differences between individuals in how much of the drug you need to be sedated. Once the desired level of sedation is achieved, the drug is stopped. The venflon is left in place during the procedure so that the sedation may be topped up.
Your pulse and blood oxygen levels are measured throughout the procedure by a probe attached to your finger. Your blood pressure will also be measured before and after the procedure.
IV sedation dentistry allows you to receive the dental care you require conveniently and comfortably. So if you are extremely anxious and have not been to see a dentist because you are scared call us to arrange a FREE CONSULTATION.