Conscious sedation

Conscious sedation is the combination of medication to help you relax during a dental procedure, it I used alongside the normal local anaesthetic. You are likely to stay awake, however you may not be able to talk, and you are likely to forget what happened during the treatment. The medication will wear off quickly after the procedure.

Steps involved in conscious sedation at Taverham Dental Health Clinic:

Step One: Consultation

Sedation Consultation, the cost for this consultation is £125, it will consist of a 30-minute appointment with the sedating dentist. They will go through what will happen during the sedation appointment and assess your suitability for IV sedation. They will also discuss with you your worries and get you to fill out a form regarding your levels of nervousness.

Step Two: Quote

Once the dentist is happy that you are suitable for the sedation, they will discuss the cost of the treatment required and the cost of the conscious sedation. This is normally £185 for a routine sedation appointment. Please be aware that this cost is on top of the dental treatment that you require.

Step Three: Appointment making

Once you are happy with the cost of treatment and the process of the IV sedation you will book in your appointment with the reception team. They will find a suitable time and date for you, currently we are only able to offer sedation appointments on a Thursday. The appointment time will usually be around 2 hours long, this will give time for the sedation to be administered and start working, prior to the treatment starting.

Step Four: The day of the sedation

On the day of your sedation, you will arrive at your appointment time and be collected by the nurse. You will be taken to the surgery and asked about your medical history, you will then have your blood pressure, pulse and oxygen levels taken by the nurse. We can then provide a numbing gel to be placed on the site of the IV, prior to its administration. Once you are comfortable, the dentist will insert the IV and flush it through with Saline, followed by the administration of the sedation medication, this is done in stages to ensure you are comfortable and not over-sedated. Your oxygen levels will be monitored throughout, and you may be provided with oxygen, should you require it.

What to do prior to your sedation appointment:

  • Eat a light meal such as tea and toast or a sandwich at least four hours before your appointment. Keep well hydrated and drink clear fluids up to 2 hours before your appointment. After this you must not eat or drink anything else before your treatment (unless otherwise advised by your dentist).
  • Please do not smoke for 24 hours prior to the appointment.
  • Do not use any recreational drugs or drink alcohol for 48 hours prior to the appointment.
  • Avoid using any tablets which may make you tired or sleepy such as sleeping tablets, cold and flu remedies, hay fever tablets or over the counter preparations such as St John’s Wart extract or Valerian tablets.
  • You must be accompanied by a responsible adult who will act as your carer and who must be present in the building before, we can begin your treatment. You will need to be taken straight home by car or taxi. Both you and the accompanying adult must not oversee any other person, including children, so that they are able to care for you. You will need someone with you to look after you for 24 hours after sedation.
  • Do not attend the appointment with young children or elderly persons dependent upon your care. Arrange suitable childcare for 24 hours after your appointment. Please be aware that you will not be able to drive the morning after your appointment.
  • Do not drive to your appointment as you will not be able to drive after you have received intravenous sedation.
  • If you are taking any medicines they should be taken at the usual times (unless otherwise stated) and should be brought with you.
  • If you have a cold or are unwell, please telephone to re-arrange your appointment.
  • Please remove nail varnish and false nails before your appointment as these can interfere with our monitoring equipment.
  • Female patients, please let the dentist know if you think you are pregnant as it will not be safe to proceed with the sedation and your appointment will have to be postponed.

What to do after your sedation appointment:

After the dental treatment is complete we will ask you to stay in the surgery or recovery room for a while to allow the effects of the sedation drugs to wear off. The team will observe you and decide when you are ready to go home. Although you may think you have recovered quite quickly, the effects of your sedation may not wear off entirely for 24 hours. During this time you must not expose yourself others to any danger.

  • After your treatment, your escort should take you straight home. Do not plan to go anywhere else such as school runs etc.
  • You must be taken home by car or taxi only. Do not use any form of public transport.
  • You must not go out alone, drive a car, ride a bicycle, operate machinery or domestic appliances.
  • You must not make any important decisions; make expensive purchases, use credit cards, social media or sign legal documents.
  • Make sure you continue to take your usual medication as normal.
  • You must not drink alcohol or smoke.
  • You will not be able to care for dependants either child or adult for 24 hours.
  • You must not return to work for 24 hours.

· Nursing mothers do not breast feed for 24 hours after your dental treatment.