We are delighted to announce Dr Regina Flanagan and Dr Niall Conaty are now bringing I.V Sedation to the practice . With over 15 years experience in I.V sedation you are in very safe hands.
What is intravenous sedation?
Intravenous sedation is a technique that uses a drug called midazolam to help you to cope with fear and anxiety during dental treatment. It is also very helpful if you have a tendency to gag during dental treatment. The drug is given through a drip into a vein in your arm into your bloodstream . Midazolam causes full or partial memory loss for a period of time and therefore you won't have recollection of the dental procedure . This way of helping you to relax during treatment can help you to avoid the need for a general anaesthetic and allow all your routine dental care to be carried out .
Who can be sedated?
We can use this form of sedation if you are over 18 years old and in good health. It is not suitable for children. Dr Flanagan and Conaty will access you at your consultation visit to see if this a suitable method for you.
Is intravenous sedation safe?
It is not suitable for everybody but your dentist will check carefully to make sure that you can have sedation safely. Before you are given an appointment for sedation, you will have your height and weight measured. We will also check your blood pressure, pulse and the level of oxygen in your blood.
What will happen at my appointment?
Before we start your treatment, we will check your blood pressure, pulse and oxygen level again. These will also be checked regularly while you are sedated. We will put a drip into your hand or your arm – wherever the best vein is. The drug is then given through a drip. We will watch you carefully and begin treatment only when you are fully relaxed. You will not be asleep but you will be very drowsy. Usually you do not remember the treatment later on. We will keep you in the surgery for at least an hour after your treatment until we are sure you are ready to go home.
Will my treatment change because of the sedation?
No. Once you are relaxed, your treatment will be exactly the same. You will still need injections to make your mouth numb.