How much does sedation cost?
Intravenous and Inhalation sedation cost £200 on top of the normal treatment charges. This fee is correct as of 13th August 2014.
Will my dentistry be free of pain?
Your dental treatment will be carried out in the usual way using powerful local anaesthetics to thoroughly numb you. You will not be conscious of any sensation whilst we are carrying out treatment.
Will I remember anything?
The vast majority of patients do not remember anything about the treatment, or even have a recollection of leaving the practice.
Am I asleep?
You will feel like you have been asleep as you wont have any recollections about the treatment session. It isnt a general anaesthetic so you arent asleep, one of the reasons why dental sedation is so safe. You will be right at the edge of sleep, dozing and you may occasionally drop off to sleep due to feeling tired, but we will be able to communicate with you during the entire session.
What cant you do under sedation?
Very little. In fact some treatments like complicated tooth removal can be easier for the dentist to do under sedation. There are times when sedation isnt appropriate, especially when the patients approval is required. For example, if we are carrying out cosmetic work like front crowns and veneers, we can do the work under sedation but it is imperative to get the patients consent before fitting work that is critical to their smile.
There some occasions where access to very back teeth makes treatment very difficult with or without sedation so if we dont feel we can do it, we will let you know to start with.
What about kids - can you make their treatment easier?
Inhalation sedation with Nitrous Oxide is excellent for children. It is very safe and the kids really enjoy the feeling of drowsiness and happiness! If we are taking teeth out because they are decayed or need to come out because a patient is having braces then I treatment under Nitrous sedation shouldnt kick start a dental phobia. Any treatment my own children may have in the future, I would definitely carry it out under sedation.
Dr Robert Michael Endicott BDS (Birm 1997)
Stratford Dental, Aintree Road
Stratford upon Avon CV37 9FL
co-founder of the Warwickshire Dental Training Institute
co-founder of EmergencyDentistAppointments.co.uk
Winner of Private Dentistry 2007 South East Young Dentist of the Year
Private dentist independent of the NHS
In case of complaints, contact me directly or speak to the Dental Complaints Service www.dentalcomplaints.org.uk