Dental Sedation

Don’t let nerves and anxiety make you skip dental check-ups. Entrust yourself to our team, who have the expertise and empathy to ensure your visit is pleasant and comfortable.

We take the patient experience very seriously, and have a wealth of experience in providing sedation if phobias and fears are keeping you away from the dentist.

Sedation is also used for long procedures, for extremely sensitive teeth or for individuals who have a hard time sitting still. It can also be used to counteract conditions such as poor gag and limited mouth-opening.

Sedation is safe and effective and it works in 3 ways:

  1. anxiolytic – relieves anxiety
  2. sedative – calms and induces sleep
  3. amnesic – memory loss

The patient feels very sleepy and has little or no recall of the treatment.

To find out more, call our team today on 061 480 070. Meanwhile, here are some of the common questions on dental sedation from patients at Shields Dental & Implant Clinic Limerick.

There are a number of different techniques:
  • Orally as a pre-med before treatment.
  • Intravenously at the time of surgery
  • Gas & Air through a nose piece
All methods are very effective. The intravenous method is favoured by most patients as the effect is more pronounced. Gaseous sedation is an effective option—and very much so for children—for less anxious patients, and less demanding procedures.

All patients considering sedation are assessed to determine their suitability. Conor Shields has a wealth of expertise in sedation, including 15 years’ experience in providing sedation to patients, coupled with his postgraduate training (Diploma in Conscious Sedation, Guys Hospital, 1997).

Conscious Intravenous (IV) Sedation is an extremely safe, effective alternative to General Anaesthetic, both for anxious patients, and when difficult procedures are anticipated. A full assessment is require to evaluate any patient’s suitability for IV Sedation. Along with pain control, IV Sedation offers complete relaxation along with memory loss and a good rapid recovery. Patients are fully monitored throughout and will only be discharged once a good recovery is achieved.
To prepare for treatment under sedation, you should:
  • Wear loose clothing;
  • Eat a light meal a few hours before treatment—never starve yourself;
  • Ensure you are escorted by a competent person who must remain at the practice during treatment. The escort is responsible for the patient’s well-being and providing post-operative care for the rest of the day. For the Shields team, the escort is non-negotiable. Patients not accompanied by an escort will not be treated, and will lose their deposit.
Your dentist will provide local post-operative instructions concerning any dental treatment. But anyone having been treated under IV Sedations should:
  • Go home and rest, under the supervision of your escort;
  • Not operate any machinery, drive a vehicle, or sign any legal documents for 24 hrs or until the following day
  • Try to ensure that young children can be looked after for the rest of the day while you recover.