In Caldecott Dental, we only offer Intravenous Sedation.
Q. What Is Intravenous Sedation?
A. Intravenous or IV sedation is a technique used to reduce anxiety during a dental visit. A small cannula is placed into a vein in your arm or back of the hand and a sedative drug administered. The sedative works very quickly and you feel instantly relaxed. The dentist who aims to make you totally relaxed whilst still being able to co-operate controls the level of sedation. The full sedative effects last for about an hour allowing a lot of dental treatment to be carried out if necessary.
Q. Will I remember the treatment?
A. Most people will have no recollection from the point at which the sedative is administered to the time you get home. You may vaguely remember some of the procedure. This feature of sedation makes it excellent for people who do not wish to remember unpleasant procedures such as removal of wisdom teeth.
Q. What happens after the treatment session?
A. We keep you in our recovery room or in the dental chair as the sedative starts to wear off. Generally this takes up to 60 minutes. We will only allow you to leave when we are happy that all is well. We will be on hand while you recover should you have any problems.
Q. My friend wants to go shopping whilst I have my treatment, is that OK?
A. No. The responsible adult that accompanies you MUST arrive with you and remain in our waiting room for the entire treatment and recovery afterwards. They cannot leave the building. This is a legal requirement of the laws governing Dental Treatment under IV Sedation.
Q. What happens now?
A. If you have not completed the medical history form, do so now and hand it in to the receptionist. Also, the sedationist would need a copy of your Summary Care Record from your GP therefore you will need to give your permission for us to access the record. The record is important as it will help the sedationist to determine if you are suitable for IV sedation without any delay. Complete these forms and hand them to the receptionist.
The sedation pack has other information on the Do’s and Don’ts for before and after sedation, have a read at these and it may give a clearer view on what the sedation is all about.