We are delighted to be able to offer our patients intravenous sedation for their dental treatment, if required. 

This is an extremely safe technique which alleviates anxieties and has a profound amnesic effect so following treatment under sedation, you would not remember much about the procedure, which is beneficial where you have been anxious about it.

It is relatively common to have a fear of the dentist. Some people are able to overcome this fear so that it does not prevent them from visiting the dentist, or having a procedure undertaken. For others it becomes a barrier that they are unable to overcome. For these patients, sedation can be a way to enable them to overcome this barrier and to be able to manage procedure that they otherwise would be unable to.

It is also useful for patients who are usually able to cope with dental treatment, but they are to have a procedure that they see as particularly unpleasant, such as a dental implant, or wisdom tooth extraction.

Sedation can be useful for:

  • Patients who are highly anxious about coming to the dentist
  • Patients who have had traumatic dental experiences in the past
  • Patients receiving complex treatments or surgery
  • Patients who have difficulties numbing with local anaesthetic
  • Patients with a sensitive gag reflex
  • Patients with jaw joint problems who are unable to open their mouths for extended periods
  • Patients who are afraid of needles in their mouth

All patients receiving sedation will have an assessment prior to the sedation to ensure that there is nothing in their medical history that would complicate the effects of the sedation. The effect of the sedation would be explained and all of the precautions to take prior to your sedation visit. Once we have explained everything that is involved in both the sedation, and the planned procedure, we will ask you to sign a consent form. We would only ever carry out the treatment that you have agreed to in advance that has been documented on the consent form.

We would look after you throughout the recovery period from the sedation. All of the team providing sedation have had the necessary training and qualifications to be able to look after you safely. We would allow you to go home usually one hour after the sedation had been administered, but you would need somebody to escort you home, and you would require 24 hours off any responsibilities.

Make an appointment

If you have an emergency contact the practice on 01904 653 284 and our team will help you. Out of hours during weekends and weekday evenings we operate an emergency on call system, and you will be directed to the appropriate care.

    Contact Details

    Castlegate Dental Centre,
    1 Castlegate,
    YO1 9RN

    01904 653 284

    Opening Hours

    Monday - Friday08:30 - 17:00
    Sat - SunClosed