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Nervous about seeing the dentist?

We understand that some people are so frightened of the dentist that they don't go for dental treatment. If you're one of them, please don't worry - our dentists are very sympathetic. You can ask us about ways to overcome your fears, for example with relaxation or sedation.

IV sedation

We offer intravenous or IV sedation. This is given by injection, either in the back of your hand or in your arm. The dose will depend on the amount of treatment needed and the length of time it will take to complete.

You will become drowsy and unaware of any treatment, but you are still able to co-operate with the dentist. The effects of sedative medicine take some time to wear off and your dentist will tell you how long the drugs will take to clear from your body. You won’t be able to drink alcohol, drive or work machinery during this time.

Inhalation Sedation

You can be helped to feel relaxed by ‘relative analgesia’ sometimes known as inhalation sedation. This means breathing in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen (‘laughing gas’) which quickly leads to a pleasant, relaxed feeling.

You remain conscious all the time, although you may be a little drowsy, and any treatment given causes you no discomfort. You breathe in the mixture through a nosepiece, which is very comfortable. You can’t overdose on the gas, as the mixture quickly leaves the body if you breathe in one or two breaths of ordinary air. There are no after-effects either, and you can drive a car after about 15 minutes. Many dentists use this safe and effective technique.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation involves taking a tablet, usually about an hour before your procedure. Dosages can range from minimal to moderate and will always be preceded by a full medical history to establish suitability. The medication, usually a form of the relaxation drug Valium, will make you drowsy, although you'll still be awake. A larger dose may be given to produce moderate sedation. Some people become groggy enough from moderate oral sedation to actually fall asleep during the procedure. If this happens, you'll be gently awakened once your treatment is complete.

Transportation Arrangements

If you're receiving IV or oral sedation, we will assist you in making transportation arrangements, as you won't be able to drive for some time following the procedure.


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Call us on 020 8478 1150 to make an appointment for your free consultation or fill in the form above to learn more about how our sedation options can improve your dental experience.


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Ilford Dental Centre | 131 Ley Street | Ilford | Essex IG1 4BH
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