Dental treatment is very rarely painful; rather, it just gives patients slight discomfort, often for a few days after a clinic visit. However, in some instances, dental surgery may be required and at Queensway Dental we can administer general anaesthesia and sedation to make your treatment experience that bit more comfortable.
What is general anaesthesia used for?
General anaesthesia (GA) is an anxiety control treatment which helps to relax a patient during treatment. Once administered, the GA makes the area receiving treatment slightly numb, reducing the feeling and thus any pain that could be experienced.
At Queensway Dental, we can administer GA for routine dental care, such as fillings and extractions, dental implant placement, the removal of wisdom teeth and difficult tooth extractions. We administer this in conjunction with the University Hospital of North Tees for private patients who are extremely phobic about dental treatment.
However, we prefer to use GA as a last resort. Rather, we would suggest conscious sedation as the best pain management during treatment when needed.
What is conscious sedation?
Conscious sedation is our preferred method of anxiety treatment for patients who are apprehensive about having dental treatment. At Queensway Dental, we have two types of conscious sedation methods available:
- Inhalation ‘happy air’ conscious sedation
- Intravenous conscious sedation
Inhalation conscious sedation: This method uses nitrous oxide mixed with oxygen and is inhaled by the patient through the nose, via a small soft nose hood. It is very safe and makes you feel relaxed and comfortable. Once we have finished the dental treatment, the nose hood and sedation solution will be removed and you will feel back to normal in about 15minutes.
Intravenous conscious sedation: This method uses a sedative medication called midazolam and is administered through a small plastic tube in the back of the hand or arm. Although this sedation solution won't put you to sleep, it is unlikely you will remember, or be aware of, the treatment.
Both types of sedation will be administered specifically for your requirements.
Who is conscious sedation suitable for?
People who will respond best to conscious sedation are:
- Patients who are anxious about visiting the dentist, who have had an unpleasant dental experience in the past, or who dislike the smell associated with dental care
- People who require complex dental treatment or oral surgery
- Anyone who has a strong gag reflex or finds it difficult to lose feeling in an area
- Patients who have jaw joint troubles and therefore find it difficult to hold their mouth open for any length of time
- People who are afraid of needles or who have sensitive teeth
Our experienced team will undertake a patient assessment to determine which sedation method you require, if any.