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Sedation Dentistry FAQs

Q How does sedation help?

A Sedation will help you feel calm and comfortable during treatment. You will always be awake and able to tell us how you are feeling.

Q What is inhalation sedation?

A This is when you breathe in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen (sometimes called gas and air). We use a small mask which fits over your nose.

You will feel relaxed very quickly, but won’t fall asleep. The gas does give some pain relief but in most procedures we will still use local anaesthetic. This kind of sedation is particularly helpful for patients who have difficulty having dental treatment because of a strong gag reflex.

Q How will I feel after inhalation sedation?

A Once the treatment is finished you will breathe pure oxygen for a short time. The effect of the sedation wears off almost straight away and most patients can go about their normal day after the appointment.

Q What is intravenous sedation?

A This is a deeper form of sedation, although you will still be awake. A very fine needle is used to inject a sedative, normally into the back of your hand. Most people who have IV sedation don’t remember their treatment, so it is particularly useful for surgical procedures like the placement of implants.

Q How will I feel after intravenous sedation?

A This does take longer to wear off than inhalation sedation. You won’t be able to drive for 24 hours and will have to have a friend or family member to take you home, but most people feel almost back to normal before they leave the practice.

Q How do I know which type of sedation is right for me?

A David Cashel has had years of sedation experience and he will guide you through the process. He will give advice based on your own specific needs.

Q Will I need sedation every time?

A Probably not. David Cashel has helped many people overcome their fear of the dentist. We find that patients tend to find they don’t need sedation after their first few visits because they feel calm enough without it. Some patients chose sedation just for treatments like implant surgery.