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Dental Sedation

Dental sedation, also knowns as conscious or IV sedation, is an excellent option for nervous or anxious patients – or for anyone who requires reassurance with lengthy or complex treatments. Castle Court Dental Care is delighted to be able to offer dental sedation in Dinas Powys as an alternative to traditional local anaesthetic. The dental sedation procedure combines sedative, to make you relaxed and drowsy, with analgesic (painkiller) and numbing anaesthetic. The combined effect of these three elements allows patients to begin their treatment in a state of complete relaxation, and end it with very little memory of the procedure.


  • How is conscious sedation different to general or local anaesthetic?

    Conscious sedation bridges the divide between local and general anaesthetic. You won’t be completely unconscious, as with a general, but you’ll be in a state of deep, sleepy relaxation that means you’ll have very little awareness or memory of your dental procedure. The dentist will, however, be able to rouse you if required, to answer questions, for example.

  • If I’m conscious, won’t I will still feel anxiety about my treatment?

    No. The drugs used for conscious sedation induce a state of deep relaxation. Patients generally feel as though they’re sleeping. Conscious sedation also has an amnesiac effect, so patients rarely remember anything about their dental procedure and believe they slept through it all.

  • How long does it take for the effects of dental sedation to wear off?

    In most cases the dentist will ensure you spend up 30 minutes in recovery after your procedure. The full effects of conscious sedation take 24 hours to wear off, so you’ll likely feel groggy for a time and you’ll need to arrange for an escort to drive you home and for someone to be with you at home until the effects have worn off. You won’t be able to operate electrical machinery, cook, use sharp implements or make any critical decisions during this time.

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Last updated: 12/11/2019