Sedation at Teeth for Life

 Sedation for dental treatment is used in our practice for all patients who wish to have it – from the very nervous patient with bad experiences in the past, to the patient who is having some unpleasant procedure, perhaps a dental extraction, or even a patient who is planning several items of treatment and who just wants the work done as efficiently as possible in the shortest number of visits.

We use Intravenous Sedation; this technique involves having a small injection in the arm or hand which immediately creates a feeling of relaxation and removal of anxiety; most patients then remember nothing else about their visit !

Here at Teeth for Life we have been using this system for over 30 years and have treated some 20,000 patients with it. The system is recognised by the Society for Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry, is extremely safe and replaces the various types of general anaesthetics used in dental surgeries in the past.

We are very happy to answer any queries patients may have about us and the system we use and have produced a brochure with some basic information. However, our experience is that most patients would rather talk to someone face to face, and we encourage people to make an initial consultation appointment with us when we will allow time for such queries during the detailed examination we do.

Please remember that this is our special interest; we are used to nervous patients and welcome the opportunity to help them!

Just call our receptionists on 01782 844720 to make that first visit appointment at a time that suits you. 


Dr Noel O'Donovan is a Dental Phobia Certified dentist Click Here to verify.


Noel O’Donovan BDS NUI DGDP RCS MSc Man

More about Dental Sedation

What is dental sedation?

Dental Sedation covers a range of procedures which make use of sedative medications to produce a very relaxed experience for the patient, enabling the dentist to perform dental procedures on even the most nervous patients. The drugs, including tranquilizers and anxiolytics, can be administered to the patient in several ways; in this practice we use intravenous sedation.

Intravenous Sedation

In intravenous sedation or IV sedation, the medication is administered by a tiny injection to make patients feel they are asleep. The feeling of relaxation is intense enough for patients to remember very little about what happened under treatment. This is because the drug used brings about amnesia, either in part or in full, from the time the sedation is started to the time the effect wears off.

IV sedation, when it is administered and supervised by an experienced and trained dentist, is extremely safe. However, it is avoided in pregnancy, glaucoma, lung or kidney problems and allergies to the sedative drugs. Caution is needed with older patients and it is not used for young patients. It is also unsuitable for patients with drug or alcohol dependency.

Our practice is solely devoted to the use of Intravenous sedation; we have nervous patients who are referred to us by other dentists but patients can arrange appointments directly themselves. Just give us a call, and we will arrange a visit where problems can be discussed and treatment questions answered.

Advantages of IV Sedation

  • The sedative takes effect very quickly, and the level of sedation for each patient is achieved easily.
  • IV sedatives lead to a level of sedation that is deeper, and more intense than other sedation methods.
  • Persons who suffer from a severe gag reflex can benefit greatly from IV sedation.

Disadvantages of IV Sedation

  • No driving after treatment.
  • Patients need to be accompanied by a friend or family member to see them safely home.
How much does it cost : £170
Available on NHS : Unfortunately No!
Who can have it? : Most healthy adults
Biggest advantage : Remembering nothing of treatment
Biggest disadvantage : Need an escort to get home
Is it safe? : Statistically safer than local anaesthetic injections
What does it feel like : See out testimonials.
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