Anxious or nervous patients will be reassured to know that at Westwood Dental Practice we use the latest techniues in conscious sedation. Involving the use of anaesthesia to bring patients into a pain-free state of deep relaxation, this increasingly popular technique neatly bridges the gap between local and general anaesthetic. If you are worried about any aspect of your dental treatment, make an appointment with Westwood Dental Practice to discuss all the options for pain relief.
Conscious sedation is a completely safe procedure that combines sedative, analgesics and local anaesthesia so that you feel very sleepy and unconcerned, with no pain at all. Though you may fall asleep during treatment, your dentist will be able to rouse you to communicate with you if necessary. Most patients experience partial or full memory loss, and a sense that the time has passed very quickly.
Conscious sedation means that you won’t notice the sights, sounds and smells of your dental treatment as you would with a local anaesthetic, and you don’t have to undergo the discomfort of the needle in your mouth – the sedative drugs can be administered orally, by IV or by inhalation.
Conscious sedation is a fantastic alternative to general anaesthetic. Because you are conscious during treatment – albeit in a state of deep relaxation or sleep – there are fewer or no side effects (general anaesthetic is commonly associated with nausea, vomiting, headache and muscle pain) and a much quicker recovery time – you can usually go home an hour or so after your treatment has been completed.
It is recommended that you have no solid food six hours prior to your procedure, though clear liquid can be consumed until two hours before. Afterwards, it is advisable not to eat until six hours after the procedure. Though recovery time is swift, you will need an escort to drive you home and someone to remain in your company for 12 hours after treatment. For 24 hours after treatment, you must not drive, operate machinery, cook or use electrical implements, make important decisions or sign important documents, look after children, nor consume alcohol, sleeping pills, tobacco or drugs.