Dental sedation

What is dental sedation?

Dental sedation involves giving you medicine to help you relax and prevent pain during dental treatment.

Different techniques are available, including inhalation sedation (wearing a face mask to inhale a gas sedative) and IV sedation (a sedative drug is injected).

If you have dental anxiety or a phobia of dentists and it’s preventing you from getting treatment, whether that’s replacing a missing tooth, a hygienist clean, or having an extraction, sedation can help.

If you have a strong gag reflex, require complex treatment, or have a low pain threshold and topical local anaesthetic isn’t enough, sedation may also be suitable.

Considering sedation-assisted dental treatment?

At Bupa Dental Care, many of our practices offer safe and effective sedation options, or they can refer you to another Bupa practice.

Am I suitable for sedation?

Both children and adults can have dental sedation. Inhalation sedation is usually used to treat children; IV sedation is only suitable in some cases.

Some patients may not be eligible for sedation. Your clinician will go through your medical history and medication-use to assess your suitability.

How much does dental sedation cost in the UK?

The cost can vary, depending on which type of sedation is used and the duration of your treatment. In your bespoke treatment plan, your dentist will be able to outline the exact costs involved.

What are the different types of dental sedation?

A range of techniques are available, depending on your dentist and your needs. These include:

At Bupa Dental Care, we offer both IV and inhalation sedation. We’ll talk you through your options and recommend the best solution for you.

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How long does dental sedation last?

The effects of IV dental sedation can last up to 12 hours, while recovery from inhalation sedation usually takes around 30 minutes.

Dental sedation: Aftercare

After inhalation sedation and IV sedation there are some precautions to take. These include:

How safe is dental sedation?

There are always risks when getting sedation, as with any treatment. However, it’s typically very safe when provided by professionals experienced and trained in administering sedation.

Can you eat before dental sedation?

You shouldn’t drink or eat for six hours before IV sedation, although you can drink water up to two hours before. You must avoid alcohol for the 24 hours prior to treatment. If you have inhalation sedation, it’s recommended to have a light meal and drink up to two hours before.

What’s next?

If you’re interested in dental treatment assisted by sedation, contact your nearest practice. They’ll be able to answer any questions and help you book a treatment consultation, whether it’s for an extraction, root canal, dental implants, or something else. In the treatment consultation, your dentist can discuss and recommend suitable sedation options for you.

If you’d like sedation-assisted hygiene treatment, we can help arrange your appointment and answer any queries. Speak to your local practice to learn more.

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