Sedation – What you need to know

Sedation – What you need to know

Sedation – What you need to know

Do you find yourself terrified of going to the dentist? Have you avoided dental visits for years, resulting in poor dental health? If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. We understand that dental phobias can be a significant barrier to seeking necessary dental care.

In the past, dentistry may have been an intimidating and painful experience with noisy drills, injections, and discomfort. However, we’re pleased to inform you that dentistry has evolved significantly.

Thanks to advancements in technology, techniques, anesthesia, and pain relief, dental visits are now often pain-free. At Redcliffe Dental Practice, we acknowledge and empathize with your fears. For those who experience extreme anxiety, are undergoing extensive treatments like implants, or have genuine dental phobias, we offer sedation as an option.

Here are 8 key points you need to know about sedation at Redcliffe:

What is sedation?

Sedation at our practice involves the administration of intravenous medication through a small injection, usually in the back of your hand. Prior to the injection, numbing cream is applied to minimize any discomfort. Sedation does not induce sleep; instead, it creates a deep state of calm and relaxation, where you remain awake but blissfully unaware of the treatment. You can enhance your experience by using noise-canceling headphones and listening to your favorite music while the treatment is carried out.

Who performs sedation?

We are fortunate to have Dr. Kathryn Taylor, one of the leading specialists in the region, as part of our team at Redcliffe. Dr. Taylor is not only a friendly and approachable member of our practice but also a specialist and honorary consultant in Oral Surgery. She holds a diploma in Conscious Sedation from the University of Newcastle.

Am I a suitable candidate for sedation?

The majority of people can undergo sedation without any issues. However, individuals with a history of high blood pressure may require careful management. Patients with respiratory problems such as severe asthma or COPD, as well as pregnant patients, will also need to be evaluated thoroughly. It’s important to inform your dentist about any blood pressure issues during your visit, as they can advise on the necessary steps to proceed with sedation treatment.

How much does sedation cost?

The cost of sedation is £250 per hour. Typically, one hour is sufficient, but for extensive treatment plans, additional time is charged at £100 per 30 minutes. The sedation cost is added to the overall treatment cost and paid at the end of the treatment. We also offer financing options for patients who prefer to spread the cost over 12 to 60 months, subject to status. For instance, a 60-month repayment plan would result in an additional £4.69 per month.

What should I do if I’m interested in sedation?

New patients interested in sedation at Redcliffe should call 01513363012 to book a new patient consultation, which costs £30. During this appointment, your dentist will conduct a routine examination, including any necessary small x-rays, and discuss the details of sedation with you. A blood pressure test and a review of your medical history will be performed to ensure your suitability for sedation treatment. Following this consultation, a convenient appointment will be scheduled with Dr. Taylor or the specialist or dentist who will carry out the treatment.

What aftercare should I consider?

Your dentist will provide you with comprehensive instructions for pre- and post-treatment care. It is advisable to have someone accompany you to the appointment, drive you home afterward, and stay with you until the following morning.

What post-treatment care should I consider?

After your treatment, your dentist will provide you with detailed instructions on post-treatment care. In summary, we recommend that you have someone accompany you to the appointment who can also drive you home afterward. It’s advisable to have this person stay with you until the following morning to ensure your well-being and recovery.

Where is Redcliffe located?

Redcliffe Dental Practice and Specialist Referral Centre are situated in the charming market town of Neston. Our services extend to Heswall, Parkgate, the Wirral, North Wales, and Chester. Many of our patients even travel from further afield to receive our exceptional dental care.

You can find us at:

Redcliffe Dental Practice and Specialist Referral Centre, 25 Parkgate Road, Neston, CH64 9XF.

Thomas Hickley | Principal Dentist

BChD Leeds 2011, PG Cert Ortho 2021

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