All of the staff, from reception to the dental nurses & hygienist, are just so friendly. And James himself is really lovely, and so kind & gentle with kids. Would definitely recommend the practice if you need a good dentist. Rachel
At The James Clinic, we offer dental sedation for patients who may be anxious or fearful about a certain procedure and need to be calm so that it can be carried out properly and they feel at ease during their time in the dentist’s chair. It’s part of our total commitment to patient comfort at all times, ensuring you are not worried or anxious during a treatment and that the result is professional and a success.
Dental sedation doesn’t necessarily have to knock you out so that you’re asleep for a procedure, as usually you have some level of consciousness but are in an entirely relaxed state and not concerned about what’s going on. This is good for the patient as well as the dentist, as they’re able to quickly perform the procedure instead of possibly having to repeatedly stop in the case of a nervous patient who might need numerous breaks.
There’s more than one type of dental sedation, and they’re used depending on the patient and what’s being done. One you’ve probably heard of is laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, and it’s still widely in use today. The benefit of laughing gas is not only that it gives patients a feeling of deep relaxation, but as it’s a gas, the effect wears off almost as soon as you stop breathing it in. This makes it an ideal dental sedation method for those who want to return to work, for example, or even drive themselves home or back to the office.
Another kind is oral sedation, where you’re prescribed a pill that you take before the procedure — it may be taken the night before or, say, an hour before your dental appointment, depending on what your dentist says. You’ll be sedated for the procedure but still conscious; many patients say that although they were awake, they don’t remember anything about it. With this type of dental sedation, you’ll most likely feel sleepy for the rest of the day. You won’t be able to drive, so you will have to organise for someone to take you home.
It’s also possible that patients can receive IV sedation for a dental procedure. Known as Twilight anaesthesia, it’s a mild form of general anaesthetic, but it won’t put you under; you’ll be awake for your procedure but have no anxiety or fears about it at all. Specialist training is required for dentists to give this kind of sedation, but most patients really don’t require it.
So do you need dental sedation? It’s best to talk to your dentist if you’re scheduled to undergo a procedure and are worried or anxious. No one, and especially your dental team, wants you to suffer anxiety during your procedure, and the good news is there is help at hand to give you the sense of calm you need.