Dental Sedation.

Don’t let nerves and anxiety
make you skip dental check-ups.


From early on, Shields dentists have been pioneers in adopting sedation techniques and our comprehensive range of private treatments are designed to meet the needs of children and adults in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

Don’t be afraid to ask any question about the process as our team have the expertise and empathy to ensure you’re happy with the whole process.

What is sedation?

Sedation is 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 an overly sensitive gag reflex 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 480070.


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How is sedation administered?
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
How effective is sedation?

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).

What is Conscious Intravenous Sedation?
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.
How should I prepare for sedation?
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
What should I do afterwards?
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.

Behind every smile there's a story.

The staff at Shields Dental & Orthodontic Clinic, Limerick, are committed to delivering excellent care, aiming to make your visit as comfortable as possible. We strive to create a welcoming and friendly atmosphere in our clinics. Our team provides comprehensive service, looking after you from your initial contact through to your final follow-up appointment.

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From the regular check-up to the specialist and advanced treatments that are needed throughout life, we always use state-of-the-art equipment and latest recommended techniques.

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Use our FREE consultation service to speak to one of our Treatment Coordinators, who give you information about how we can help, without any financial commitment.

Most importantly it helps to build your confidence in starting your journey with Shields to the smile you have always wanted.

We’ll discuss with you what you would like to achieve with your dental health and the appearance of your smile, answer any questions and listen to any problems you may have had with your teeth in the past.