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Sedation by pharmacologic methods may be obtained by two general routes. The enteral route involves absorption of medication across enteric membranes which line the alimentary canal from the oral cavity, through the digestive tract, ending in the rectum. This route includes medications that are either swallowed, absorbed through the mucosa of the oral cavity, or inserted rectally. The parenteral route involves the administration of sedative drugs other than absorption across enteric membranes (outside of the alimentary canal). These methods include intravenous, inhalation, intramuscular, and submucosal administration, among others.
At Synergy Dental clinics, we’re aware that a fear of the dentist can prevent people from seeking necessary treatment. To combat this problem we provide a dental sedation service to relax patients and ensure they feel as comfortable as possible throughout their treatment.
What is Dental Sedation?
Also known as conscious sedation, dental sedation is a procedure that was introduced into dentistry as a means of calming and relaxing nervous patients while they undergo treatments. Used during minor, major and surgical treatments, this method of relaxation can prevent anxiety or fear, allowing patients to leave the clinic without feeling traumatised.
The procedure is completely safe and is administered by a qualified member of Synergy staff, who will oversee the process and remain on hand throughout the dental treatment. Unlike General Anaesthetic (GA), the sedation will keep the patient awake throughout their visit, while ensuring that they are completely comfortable and unable to feel any pain.
The method that Synergy provides is called ‘intravenous sedation’ and promotes relaxation whilst ensuring the patient remains conscious, in which a sedative agent is introduced into the blood stream. The sedative sends patients into a state of relaxation while leaving them capable of responding to questions or commands.
Who can benefit the procedure?
Dental sedation can be beneficial for patients in a number of circumstances, including:
• Those who experience anxiety about dental treatment
• Those who have had bad dental experiences in the past
• Those booked in for complicated treatments or dental surgery
• Those with sensitive teeth
• Those who struggle to keep their mouth open for long periods
• Those requiring multiple treatments in one sitting
• Those who have a fear of the sights, smells or noises associated with dental treatment
Children can also benefit from inhalation sedation, which is safe for younger patients and an effective alternative to General Anaesthetic, which would be conducted in a hospital and require a referral from the dentist.
How much does the procedure cost?
Each intravenous session costs £150, which includes 30 minutes of sedation and management. Those requiring longer treatment may require two sessions, but your dentist will discuss this with you during your consultation