Why Oral Relaxant
It is the simplest and cheapest option. One of our dentists might prescribe oral medication for you to take before you visit the surgery, or alternatively, you will be given medicine in the practice half an hour before your treatment. You will feel relaxed whilst having your procedure but still conscious and be able to ask questions, and you will be able to respond to any requests.
If you do take any relaxant medication you will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment.
Why Nitrous oxide gas
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, has a similar effect compared to the oral relaxant medication, except its effect will wear off within a few minutes without affecting your daily work.
Penthrox is another inhalent that can be used in the practice. The quantity of gas can be controlled by the patient, and the apparatus delivering this relaxation is less invasive than that of laughing gas.
Why intravenous sedation
IV sedation refers sedation performed under a qualified anaesthetist that comes out to our surgery. You will be sedated while we are performing your dental treatment. The acceptance to the sedation requires a comprehensive medical check and an agreement between the dentist and the anaesthetist.
Different sedation options have different advantages and drawbacks. We are happy to discuss with you the best option based on your particular conditions.