Intravenous & inhalation Sedation

Available at – Bishopthorpe

Conscious sedation is an important fundamental aspect of the modern practice of dentistry

At Thorpe Dental Group in York, we are now able to offer both Intravenous and Inhalation Sedation, not only to our existing patients, but those who self refer and we accept referrals from other dental practices.

Sedation is ideal for those of us who have a real fear of dentistry, or for those individuals with certain conditions which make it difficult for them to be treated under normal conditions.

In addition, patients who are nervous and faced with the prospect of an unpleasant, possibly distressing dental procedure can have sedation to reduce their apprehension and anxiety which may accompany it.

Sedation allows the dentist to perform various dental treatments in fewer appointments, in a stress and worry free way, for both them and the patient.

Intravenous sedation

Intravenous sedation is when drugs are used to make you feel less anxious and more relaxed. The sedative is given by injection into a vein (intravenous) in the arm or back of the hand. Patients are still awake and will be able to communicate verbally with us.

This is not a general anaesthetic and it does NOT make you unconscious.

Inhalation Sedation

Inhalation sedation is a light form of sedation. It is a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen breathed though a nosepiece. This helps the patient to feel relaxed and accept treatment. Inhalation sedation is also know as ‘happy air’. Inhalation sedation is NOT general anaesthetic.

Inhalation sedation has no health risks for patients. This is an extremely safe technique that reduces the sensation of pain and anxiety and creates a semi-hypnotic state for patients to make them feel happy and comfortable.

Call us today at our Bishopthorpe practice if you require any further information.  Alternatively you can book a consultation appointment with Dr Catherine Lightowler or Dr Carlie Betts.

For further information on Sedation, please visit the Dental Fear Central Website