Positive use of sedation in dentistry

Clients often get confused when they hear the word sedation as it suggests being completely asleep, however that is only possible with general anaesthetic which can only be carried out in hospitals. In reality, you actually remain partially conscious during sedation.

The use of sedation in dentistry is a fantastic method of reducing anxiety levels and will ensure a positive experience. You will be able to understand and respond to requests from your dentist, however you may not remember much about what went on because of two main factors: firstly, in most people, sedation induces a state of deep relation and a feeling of not being bothered about what is going on. Secondly, the medication can produce either partial or complete memory loss for a short period of time. As a result, time seems to pass very quickly and you will not recall much or perhaps nothing at all of what happened.

Information: Some people are so frightened of the dentist that they will not go for dental treatment. They can overcome their fears with relaxation or sedation. Dentists today are sympathetic about these feelings and you can ask your dental team about these ways to help. British Dental Health Foundation

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