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Does the thought of having dental treatment fill you with dread?

Then treatment with sedation might be for you……..


Conscious sedation is an excellent way to help you relax while having dental treatment. It is a safe and effective way to relieve anxiety and reduce pain. Most patients have little or no recollection following treatment making, conscious sedation an ideal choice for many procedures.


As you can communicate with your dentist during sedation, this allows us to maximise your safety and minimise anxiety and pain. There is no loss of consciousness and your recovery is very quick so there is no need for hospital admission or time off work. We  also accept patients that are ASA I (healthy) and ASA II (patients with mild, controlled systemic disease such as high blood pressure).

The technique of intravenous sedation is designed to relax you during more complex dental procedures. This well-tried and tested procedure is quite unlike a general anaesthetic and you will be able to talk and respond to instructions, where necessary, throughout the treatment. The most used drug for conscious sedation is Midazolam. Sometimes a combination of drug is used, depending on the clinical need.


Intravenous sedation is suitable for:

  • Nervous Patients

  • Patients undergoing long complicated procedures

  • Disabled patients

  • Safer alternative to GA


Intravenous sedation is not suitable for:

  • Patients allergic to benzodiazepines

  • Pregnant and breastfeeding patients

  • Alcohol or narcotic dependent patients

  • Patients with impaired liver or kidney function

  • Patients with severe needle phobia or damaged veins

  • Patients who cannot attend with an escort


What happens during the treatment?

  • The dentist will monitor the patient throughout the procedure, using a pulse oximeter and blood pressure apparatus.

  • The patient will be able to respond to the dentist (open mouth, turn head etc.).

  • Local anaesthesia will still be administered as normal.

  • After treatment, the patient will recover and in some cases given the reversal drug.

  • The patient will feel sleepy all day.

  • Only one parent/escort will be allowed in the surgery while the patent is cannulated.

  • When treatment starts we respectfully request that the parent/escort leave the surgery.


Dr van Rensburg will administer the sedation. She has completed intensive training in conscious sedation and pain management at the University College London.


Contact number for Dr van Rensburg: 077305 66873

Cost of sedation: £230.00 per session


For Patients:

To make an appointment or for more information about sedation please contact us on 01277 219333 or reception@rainbirdhouse.co.uk.


For Practitioners:

To refer patients to use for treatment under sedation please contact us on 01277 219333 or reception@rainbirdhouse.co.uk.