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This is a way of relaxing a patient by giving a small amount of sedative before treatment. You remain awake but feel very calm and relaxed, often with little memory of the procedure after treatment. It wears off quickly so that you can go home soon after the treatment has finished.
It is widely used in hospitals and dental practices and is a tried and tested way of relaxing a patient. You will be monitored throughout the procedure by a highly trained dentist and nurse.
Sedation can linger in your system for up to 8 hours after the treatment has finished, so you will not be able to drive yourself. Instead, you will need to be escorted to the appointment and home again afterwards. You may want to have someone to keep an eye on you afterwards for a couple of hours.
All patients will be asked to complete a detailed medical questionnaire. If there are any reasons why sedation treatment may not be suitable for you, your dentist will discuss this with you. Sedation is not usually given to children under 16.
Some people find that having their treatment under sedation builds their confidence enough to try treatment without a sedative. Other people prefer to have sedation for all their dental needs and it is perfectly safe in most cases to continue treatment with a sedative.