Oral Sedation for nervous patients

We offer dental sedation in the form of oral sedatives to relieve stress and anxiety for patients coming in for complex treatments and surgeries.

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Worrying about an upcoming dental procedure or needing extensive work done on your smile but avoiding it due to the anticipation of dental pain? You’re not alone. Fearing the dentist is very common, and you’ll never be judged for it with us. We have the time and the patience to manage your care effectively in a way that feels comfortable for you. That’s why we offer several dental sedation types, from oral sedatives to intravenous sedation. So, whatever your need for oral sedation, we can administer it to help you relax during even something as small as a hygienist clean. Never compromise your oral health again.

oral sedation

What is oral sedation?

Oral sedation, also called pill sedation, is one of the three major sedation methods our sedation dentists use to help calm anxious patients during dental procedures like implant surgery.

Unlike other conscious sedation types like IV sedation, patients take the sedative in pill form during their appointment. The oral sedative used is a type of Benzodiazepine (Valium, Halcion, Xanax), which will minimise activity in the part of the brain that controls fear and anxiety. 

How will you feel?

Taking sedatives itself can even be scary – but the results are controlled, and you can just expect to feel very relaxed. You’ll still be conscious and responsive but in a calm mood. The sedative will also wear off fairly quickly too.

Oral sedation advantages

  • Easy to administer: Out of all three sedation options, oral sedation is the easiest as all you have to do is swill the pill an hour before your appointment to feel nice and relaxed by the time you arrive.
  • No needles involved: Fear of the dentist often circulates around the fear of needles, which is used in the administration of intravenous sedation. With oral sedation, you can take the sedative orally without worrying about the stress of being injected.
  • No memory: Oral sedatives cause patients to experience amnesia and have little to no memory of the procedure. This will be a bonus for phobic patients as they’ll have no recollection of the events that happened when they were sedated.
  • Safe: Regulated by the FDA, oral sedatives are safe to use, and patients are extremely unlikely to experience any alarming side effects.
  • Conscious: Oral sedation might cause you to feel drowsy, however, you’ll still be awake and responsive. As you’ll be aware, during the procedure, you will be able to respond to our dentist’s instructions.

There are some downsides to oral sedation, for example, the fact the effects are not immediate. Pill sedation doesn’t kick in as fast as Iv sedation, and will need to be taken an hour or so in advance.

Another disadvantage to oral sedation, and all sedation types, is tat patients will not be able to drive themselves to their appointment and will need an adult to escort them home and stay with them all day.

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Dawn SwansonDawn Swanson
10:27 24 Nov 22
I have been with the Gentle Dental Practice for 8 years, the care and service I have received has always been 5 star. I have recently used their new hygienist Nicky who is great. Looking for a new dentist just contact their very friendly and proffessional team.
George HorseyGeorge Horsey
18:54 15 Nov 22
Dental Impant Surgery:I had my dental implants fitted recently and I am extremely happy with the outcome. Ali and the team have done an amazing job since I lost my 2 front teeth over 6 years ago. I had to wait for the surgery for a long time due to my age and the issues surrounding having implants at a young age.I finally had the surgery 12 weeks ago and had my two new crowns fitted last week. They look absolutely amazing and the whole procedure was way less painful than I ever thought it would be.I would highly recommend getting your implants done at the Gentle Dental Practice, you won't regret it!A massive thank you to everyone at the practice!
Deeban SkandalingamDeeban Skandalingam
12:06 03 Nov 22
Fantastic work on my teeth and I would highly recommend! My teeth turned out better than I had even hoped for. If you are in need of any dental work, you would be doing a great disservice if you didn't speak to this practice first. The staff were extremely friendly, there were text updates and all in all an excellent service from start to finish. If you haven't guessed already, I am thoroughly pleased with The Gentle Dentle. Thank you!
Pippa HarveyPippa Harvey
14:54 26 Oct 22
Like many people, I have an immense fear of dentistry, and dentists, due to previous experiences.I had two broken teeth and one that had been treated incorrectly by an NHS dentist. I had been in daily pain for about 18 months, and had been put on a 6 month waiting list by my NHS dentist.I called gentle dental to explain my problem and they offered me a same day appointment. They were kind, compassionate, understanding, patient and validating. I’m not sure anybody ever feels completely comfortable in the chair, but It’s the closest I’ve ever come!The work needed was carried out, all of the staff were kind and welcoming, and it showed me that the dentist doesn’t have to be a dreaded place!Thank you so, so much gentle dental! I will definitely be returning.
Tilesh PTilesh P
15:45 14 Sep 22
Dental Implants - 3 New Teeth - June 2022I had the most professional and pain free experience when getting my new tooth implants at Gentle Dental. Honestly I put it off for some many years because I just didn't want to go through the pain. But my experience was totally the opposite. Ali and the wonderful girls were there every step of the way. All my questions got answered and I was reassured everything would work out well. And it did. I was worried for no reason.I did think about going abroad to have it done but when you consider the risk factor, time and professional standards - it made no sense to me. I have known Ali for a long time and knew I would be in the best hands and if there were any issues these would could be resolved easily.If you are thinking of having dental implants at Gentle - don't waste any more time. Just book and get it done.Was it painful ? No, uncomfortable for a few days, yes for sure.I just wish I had it done sooner. Thanks guys, love my new teeth 🙂
Edward CrameEdward Crame
13:43 04 Dec 21
Very happy with all aspects of the work they have done. Very clean, professional and well run business.
Lynn HuddartLynn Huddart
12:43 24 Nov 21
Dr Ali Rifai was professional and I am very pleased with the outcome of my Invisalign's. I have been with this practice for many years and would highly recommend. The staff are very friendly and nothing is an issue.
Jonathan PlumbJonathan Plumb
11:52 24 Nov 21
Can't thank this practice enough for all their help. I don't post reviews very often, so when I do, it's because an impression has been left! Dr Ali saw me at short notice to help fix a broken tooth. The nurse (I think her name was Danni) was so helpful and kind, as were the rest of the team. Thank you for being there for me in my hour of need (the same day i asked for an appointment!)
Eva AugustEva August
07:11 06 Nov 21
I’m so happy to find this practice. I suffer from anxiety and high sensitivity to pain. It was very stressful for me going to dentist after years of fear. The team not only make me calm and welcome but I FELL ASLEEP during treatment with Dr Marshall ! So understanding and caring. Thank you!
Marc NevittMarc Nevitt
11:35 11 Oct 21
I have been using this dentist for well over a decade and can honestly say my teeth would be in a far worse situation if wasn’t for the Gentle Dental practice.My most recent visit was for a filling .. barely felt the injection!I would highly recommend this dentist to anyone, but especially if you’re teeth require a high level of care like mine.
Emma BrauerEmma Brauer
08:44 04 Aug 21
This place was recommended to me by family and for a nervous patient the best experience. The reception welcome is cheerful and friendly, beautifully modern area with hot drinks and water on offer.I needed implants, crowns and bridges followed by whitening, so lots of appointments. My dentist Mr Ali Rafai was superb from start to finish, so professional and personable. Throughout the whole process I was cared for wonderfully plus lots of laughs along the way. The constant care during appointments was very comforting, no rushing, and I knew I my needs were Mr Rafai's priority. Plus check up call the next day without fail to make sure everything was going well.Absolutely deserves five stars!
Alan SamuelAlan Samuel
13:30 14 Jul 21
Fantastic experience with Ali. It took 18 months including bone grafting, removing and replacing failed dental implants, invisaline for my bottom teeth which were all over the place and some veneers but now I'm delighted with the outcome.Ali was always very clear about how this wasn't an overnight solution in an honest and forthright manner which gave me confidence that he would deliver results.I was offered several overnight solutions from other dentists locally at a fraction of the cost but when I see how much effort and detail that went into my plan, I know i made the right choice.
Kurt JohnsonKurt Johnson
17:48 14 May 21
I have got no complaints about this Dental Practice. They were all very friendly and accommodating and always professional.My dental treatment was also really good, everything went according to plan and the results are great!I am VERY happy with the outcome and would recommend them anytime!
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