Sedation for nervous patients

At Elmsleigh House we appreciate that having dental treatment can make some people very nervous or anxious. Our team is highly experienced in treating nervous patients; indeed, we get referrals from other dentists because of our expertise in this area.

We offer a friendly and welcoming environment. You can have a tea or coffee while browsing our iPads, newspapers and magazines in our waiting room to help put you at ease. During your appointment your dentist will listen to your concerns and explain all treatment options in an unrushed manner. If it helps you, we are happy for a friend or family member to stay with you during treatment.

For more nervous patients, if your fear is preventing you from accessing the care you need, our range of sedation options will ensure your visit is a stress-free experience.

Regional anaesthesia

Regional, or local, anaesthesia is routinely used to numb a specific region before treatment in that area.

Inhalation sedation

Inhalation sedation, more commonly called ‘gas and air’, is a mild sedation that is delivered through a nosepiece and helps you feel relaxed during treatment. As the sedative effect ceases when you stop inhaling the gas mixture, after 20–30 minutes you will be able to safely drive or travel home unaccompanied.

Intravenous sedation

If you are especially nervous and prefer a more intense sedation during treatment, intravenous sedation will leave you comfortable and unaware of treatment. You will need a responsible adult to take you home as you cannot take public transport or drive for 24 hours after treatment, so you should plan ahead.