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Dr Ilja Sapiro MSc

Dr Ilja Sapiro MSc is the dental surgeon at Wanstead Dental.

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Conscious IV Sedation

Conscious Intravenous Sedation

A staggering 50% of the UK population does not visit the dentist and the main reason for this is fear. The kind and sympathetic team at Wanstead Dental in London has plenty of experience of helping nervous patients overcome their phobia of the dentist – and this applies to everyone from our welcoming reception team to the dentists themselves.

Our calming chairside manner is usually enough to help allay dental fears but for the very nervous, we offer conscious sedation.

Please don’t worry about your dental care – we will take your appointments at your pace and you are welcome to pop in to visit us as many times as you like before your treatment starts to help familiarise yourself with our lovely practice.

“Conscious sedation can help nervous patients undergo the necessary dental treatments in a comfortable manner – without the anxiety that comes with dental fear. If you are a nervous patient, conscious sedation can make your dental treatment a more relaxed one, so you do not have to dread going through a fearful experience”.

Conscious Sedation Goals:

· To decrease your anxiety, fear, and discomfort
· To facilitate an overall relaxed, comfortable experience during a dental treatment
· To shorten your recovery period after the treatment
· To maximise your dental treatment’s cost-effectiveness
· To ensure your maximum safety during the procedure

Conscious Sedation Advantages

· Makes the entire procedure a more pleasant and comfortable experience
· Maximum convenience for both you, and the dentist/dental surgeon
· Increased cost-effectiveness as there are fewer side effects, and no hospital confinement
· Quicker recovery period translates to shorter time off from your busy schedule

What is sedation?

An effective way to treat the most nervous of patients is via intravenous sedation (injection). The drugs have a relaxing and calming effect but don’t prevent communication between dentist and patient so treatment can still be carried out easily. Weight, age and medical condition must be assessed before suitability for this kind of sedation is determined but this would all be discussed during the consultation with the dentist. Usually the patient would need to be referred to a specialist clinic for this treatment.

How will IV sedation in the surgery affect me?

Whilst IV sedation will make you drowsy and unaware of the treatment you are undergoing, you will remain lucid enough to communicate and cooperate with the dental team. The effects of the sedative will take time to wear off and you won’t be able to drink alcohol, drive or work machinery during this time so it is important that someone can help you home after treatment and keep a careful eye on you for sometime afterwards. Your dentist will tell you how long it will be before the drugs are completely clear from your body.

Will I ever feel differently about visiting the dentist?

It is highly likely! As you get to know and trust your dentist, hygienist and other members of the dental team at your practice, your fears will dampen. In time you will come to see your regular visit to the dentist as just another part of your normal life.