General Dentistry under Sedation

General dental treatment under IV sedation usually involves: the relief of dental pain the treatment of decayed teeth, gum (periodontal) treatment and extraction of rotten teeth. We are not able to carry out root canal treatments under IV sedation.

If you are particularly nervous, anxious or have a phobia of dentistry, sedation is an excellent way to manage your anxieties. It is suitable for patients aged 18+, it involves the administration of an intravenous drug (usually a single drug such as midazolam), this is administered into a small vein on the back of the hand or in the crease of your arm. You feel very relaxed and we are then able to carry out your dental treatment. The drugs used for IV sedation produce either a partial or full memory loss (amnesia), for the period of time when the drug is first administered until it wears off. Local anaesthetic is used in the mouth while you are sedated to ensure your dental treatment is carried out painlessly and for your post-operative comfort.

An account of IV sedation

"Basically it is a tiny pinch in your arm, in goes the stuff, nothing happens for several seconds and then you begin to feel lightheaded for a few moments. before you know it time has flown by and everything is done. you feel fairly drowsy for a while afterwards and generally sleeping it off is a good idea."

Vinika Patel Dr Mital A Patel | Dental Surgeon | GDC 229253
BDS Cardiff 2012, MFDS RCS Eng 2013

Dr Patel graduated from Cardiff University in 2012, then going on to obtain the MFDS RCS examination in 2013. Dr Patel has undertaken further postgraduate training in treating nervous patients with sedation and is a member of the (SAAD) Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry.

Vinika PatelDr Vinika Patel | Dental Surgeon | GDC 229169
BDS Birm 2012, MJDF RCS (Eng) 2013

Dr Patel graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2012 and in 2013 obtained her MJDF RCS.

She obtained further postgraduate training at Kings College Hospital London, in Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Intravenous sedation, relative analgesia, dental emergencies, paediatric trauma and the management of nervous patients.