Dental Sedation at Heaton Moor Dental


Dental Sedation at Heaton Moor Dental

At Heaton Moor Dental we provide dental sedation for nervous patients to make them feel as relaxed as possible when having dental treatment.


Intravenous sedation is when a drug (Midazolam) is used to make you feel less anxious and more relaxed. It will make you drowsy and less aware of what is happening. The sedative is given by an injection into the vein in the arm or back of the hand. You will be awake and will still be able to communicate verbally with us. This is not a general anaesthetic and it does not make you unconscious. Following your treatment you will be required to stay at the practice until your dentist is satisfied that you are well enough to be accompanied home.

What are the Alternatives?

The main alternative to intravenous sedation is a general anaesthetic where you are completely asleep. This is associated with increased risk and cannot be done if you have certain medical conditions. It is often better to avoid a general anaesthetic if the operation is minor. Local anaesthetic which means the area which needs treatment will feel numb, but you are completely alert during the procedure.

What are the Benefits?

  • It reduces anxiety and stress associated with dental treatment you will remember little or nothing about the procedure.
  • It enables the dentist to undertake the procedure with greater ease and safety.
  • Intravenous sedation avoids the use of a general anaesthetic and the risks associated with it.

What are the Risks?

The risks are minimal:

  • If you become too drowsy, you will be given a drug to reverse the effects.
  • You may get reduction of oxygen in your blood stream, this is due to reduced breathing during sedation. You will be asked by the dentist or nurse to take deep breaths to correct this. Your breathing will be monitored throughout the procedure.
  • You may get bruising at the site of the cannula. This may take several days to fade completely.

Very rare risks: -Allergic reaction & Vomiting

What do I need to do before my appointment?

  • Please make arrangements for an escort (18 years or over) who can take responsibility for you to come with you to the appointment, stay in the waiting area and take you home. This person may need to stay with you over night.
  • You will not be treated under sedation if you come without an escort.
  • Your escort should not be looking after anyone else except you.
  • You will also be unable to look after any small children for 24 hours.
  • If you think you may be pregnant or you are breastfeeding, you need to let the dentist know.

What should I do on the day of my appointment?

  • Wear loose comfortable clothing.
  • Take your regular medication.
  • Do not wear any nail polish or nail extensions
  • You should not eat/drink anything 2 hours prior to your appointment.

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