Dental treatment should not be painful, but we recognise that many of our patients can feel anxious and worried about dental procedures or may have had a previous bad experience. At Queensway we are very sympathetic to this and want to do all we can to help our patients feel as comfortable as possible during their treatment. Our highly qualified and experienced team are able to provide conscious sedation for patients requiring both routine dentistry and surgical procedures at our sites in Billingham and Jesmond.
For those patients who are truly dental phobic, we also operate a service for private patients only in collaboration with the University Hospital of North Tees to provide treatment under general anaesthesia.
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 will be removed and you will feel back to normal in about 15 minutes.
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.
What is general anaesthesia used for?
General anaesthesia (GA) is used to put patients completely off to sleep during treatment. This can only be provided within a hospital setting. At Queensway Dental, we can provide GA for routine dental care, such as fillings and extractions, dental implant placement, the removal of wisdom teeth and difficult tooth extractions. We provide this in conjunction with the University Hospital of North Tees for private patients only 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.