Do you feel anxious about your dental appointments?

Here at Lincoln Smile Centre we care immensely about our patients and understand some patients are very anxious about dental treatment.

What is intravenous (IV) sedation?

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

We make every effort to manage our anxious patients to the highest standard, allowing plenty of time for dental appointments and creating a relaxing and welcoming environment. However, if you are particularly worried about dental treatment you may wish to consider the option of intravenous sedation. Intravenous sedation is used at this practice to carry out routine dental treatment on very anxious patients, as well as minor surgical procedures [i.e. removal of wisdom teeth].

How does it work?

The sedative drug is given by a small injection in the arm or back of the hand. This has the effect of relaxing you and enables the dentist to carry out the rest of your treatment quickly and efficiently. The amnesic effect of the sedative means that often people have no memory of the dental treatment completed.

The dentist will take a detailed medical history before carrying out the procedure, and also explain what will happen. Please let the dentist know of any medical conditions or of any medication you are currently taking. Sedation does not put you to sleep, it just helps you to relax. You will remain conscious throughout the treatment but you may not remember very much afterwards.

Sedation Instructions

Pre-operative instructions

  • Do have your regular meals before the appointment.
  • Bring a responsible adult with you to take you home by car or taxi.
  • Inform the dentist of any medication you have taken.
  • Bring the signed consent form.
  • You must not consume any alcohol or other drugs for at least 24 hours before sedation.

Post-operative instructions

  • You may feel drowsy after the treatment, therefore, you will be required to stay within the practice until the dentist discharges you.
  • You must rest and not perform any physically demanding work.
  • You must not drive or operate any machinery.
  • You must not consume any alcohol or other drugs after sedation.
  • You must contact the surgery if any problems arise.

How we’ve helped our patients and how we can help you.

Mrs.P.W. Nettleham

Dental sedation is absolutely amazing.

Upon entering the treatment room I was made to feel extremely relaxed and at ease. Tom the dental surgeon and the two nurses were warm, friendly, very reassuring and professional.

I did not feel any pain or discomfort at all throughout the long procedure and the time went very quickly. Throughout the procedure the team fully explained what was happening which enabled me to feel confident and fully relaxed. I did not have any post sedation after effects at all.

The sedation treatment totally surpassed all my expectations. I would highly recommend Lincoln Smile Centre dental practice and this form of treatment to even the most nervous patients.

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