Reducing dental anxiety
At The Exeter Dental Centre we take your experience of our care very seriously, we want you to have a pleasant time with us and we will do our utmost to ensure this happens. However we do understand that some patients have severe phobias and fears of visiting the dentist, often related to a previous traumatic experience and can only consider treatment if sedation is an option. We go to great lengths to ensure all our dentistry is gentle and comfortable, investing in the latest materials, equipment and training to ensure optimum care, but for those who really would prefer a little more help, then we are pleased to offer the option of Intravenous Sedation.
We work with a wonderful team who oversee IV Sedation and we are always on hand to answer any questions you may have.
We promise we’re a friendly bunch and would love to help you get the treatment you need.
Are you a Candidate for IV sedation?
Do you have any of the following? If so then IV sedation could help you receive the dental treatment you require without anxiety, stress or fear.
- Fear of dental treatment
- History of traumatic dental experiences
- Difficulty getting numb enough for treatment
- Very sensitive gag reflex or difficulty opening your mouth
- Extremely sensitive teeth
- Complex dental problems; or a need for surgery
- Have not received professional dental care in many years
- Go from dentist to dentist, or doctors, to renew painkiller prescriptions for dental problems
Meet Dr Ruairi Cunnane
Often referred to as sleep dentistry, sedation helps patients to fully relax. Consciousness is always maintained throughout the procedure so we are always able to communicate with you and you are able to understand and respond.
What is Intravenous Sedation?
How will it make me feel?
What are the advantages and benefits?
What are the disadvantages and risks?
What happens during the sedation appointment?
Before the sedation is administered the nurse will take your blood pressure and oxygen saturation, we will check that you are happy to proceed and understand what will happen.
The sedative used is Midazolam, Midazolam is well suited for intravenous sedation as it brings about a general state of relaxation. The recovery period is smooth and quite short, with no feelings of nausea. This is given through a small plastic tube either in the back of your hand or the inside of the elbow, it is a very small needle that is used and the process is very quick and simple.
The Midazolam will be given slowly through this tube in small doses, we will monitor your responses to enable us to know if you are sedated enough, treatment will only proceed when you are completely relaxed and happy.
You will be monitored throughout by nurses who have specific and recognised training we also use medical monitoring equipment to record your pulse, blood pressure, blood oxygen levels and breathing rate during the treatment and in the recovery period.
What happens after I am sedated?
How long will the sedation last?
How can I prepare for my appointment?
You will require a responsible adult to escort you to your appointment and home again, this escort will have to wait in the waiting room whilst the procedure is carried out. This person needs to be able to look after you for the rest of the day, they must not have children or elderly or dependant relatives to look after.
Please have a light meal 2 hours before your appointment, if you are nervous it is important to have something substantial to eat as your body will use a lot of energy. Do not drink alcohol or take recreational drugs 24 hours prior to your appointment.
If your medicines change we need to know, please take all medicines as prescribed unless directed otherwise.
If you have children you will have to arrange someone other than your escort to look after them, please do not bring them to the appointment.
If you develop a cold, feel unwell or think you may be pregnant please call the practice for advice.