Nervous patient wanting dental sedation

Conscious Dental Sedation and Pain Management

We Offer Dental Sedation to our patients at Parkhill Dental

Conscious dental sedation is an ideal solution for nervous dental patients in all patient groups, particularly for those with complex behavioural challenges, seen in children and young people. It is used for those whose dental anxiety is preventing them from going to their dental appointments to receive good oral care. Dr Athanasios Chatziargyriou is a highly experienced clinician with a Postgraduate Certificate in Dental Sedation and Pain Management from the renowned Eastman Dental Institute, University College London, enabling him to treat anxious patients under conscious sedation.

What is dental sedation?

Dental sedation is used to make our patients more at ease during treatment, allowing good pain management. A patient is not put to sleep like a general anaesthetic; a patient is still conscious and able to talk with their dentist. Dental sedation puts the patient into a deeply relaxed state, where they won’t feel any discomfort or pain.

How is dental sedation given to nervous patients?

There are 2 choices of sedation: 

  1. Inhaled minimal sedation. Where a patient will breathe nitrous oxide, (also known as “laughing gas”) combined with oxygen through a mask that’s placed over their nose. The gas helps a patient relax. Dr Athanasios Chatziargyriou will control the amount of sedation received. Inhaled sedation tends to wear off quickly, which aids a speedy recovery.
  2. Intravenous sedation. This involves injecting a sedative into a vein of a patient’s arm or hand. This approach is more appropriate for patients undergoing extensive dental procedures or for extremely anxious patient. Dr Athanasios Chatziargyriou will monitor the oxygen level of the patient and may need to give additional oxygen during the procedure. The patient is awake and all times, but very relaxed.
 
Dr Athanasios Chatziargyriou Dentist at Parkhill

About Dr Athanasios Chatziargyriou

Associate Dentist

DipImpDent RCS (Eng) FGDP
MSc Implant Dentistry
MSc Restorative Aesthetic Dentistry
PgCert Dental Sedation and Pain Management

Nasos’ special interests at Parkhill Dental Practice include:

  • Dental Sedation and Pain Management
  • Advanced Restorative Dentistry such as:
    • Dental Implants
    • Bone and Sinus Augmentation
    • Implant retained dentures
    • Complex crown and bridge

We Offer Dental Sedation to our patients at Parkhill Dental

Conscious dental sedation is an ideal solution for nervous dental patients in all patient groups, particularly for those with complex behavioural challenges, seen in children and young people. It is used for those whose dental anxiety is preventing them from going to their dental appointments to receive good oral care. Dr Athanasios Chatziargyriou is a highly experienced clinician with a Postgraduate Certificate in Dental Sedation and Pain Management from the renowned Eastman Dental Institute, University College London, enabling him to treat anxious patients under conscious sedation.

What is dental sedation?

Dental sedation is used to make our patients more at ease during treatment, allowing good pain management. A patient is not put to sleep like a general anaesthetic; a patient is still conscious and able to talk with their dentist. Dental sedation puts the patient into a deeply relaxed state, where they won’t feel any discomfort or pain.

How is dental sedation given to nervous patients?

There are 2 choices of sedation: 

  1. Inhaled minimal sedation. Where a patient will breathe nitrous oxide, (also known as “laughing gas”) combined with oxygen through a mask that’s placed over their nose. The gas helps a patient relax. Dr Athanasios Chatziargyriou will control the amount of sedation received. Inhaled sedation tends to wear off quickly, which aids a speedy recovery.
  2. Intravenous sedation. This involves injecting a sedative into a vein of a patient’s arm or hand. This approach is more appropriate for patients undergoing extensive dental procedures or for extremely anxious patient. Dr Athanasios Chatziargyriou will monitor the oxygen level of the patient and may need to give additional oxygen during the procedure. The patient is awake and all times, but very relaxed.
 
Nervous dental patient being comforted

Who can have dental sedation?

Dental sedation and pain management can be suitable for patients who have:

  • Developed dental phobia
  • A low pain threshold
  • A long and complex dental procedure
  • A problem sitting still in the dentist’s chair
  • A sensitive gag reflex
  • Complex behavioural challenges.

How can I be considered for dental sedation?

First, contact our reception team to enquire about dental sedation. Dr Athanasios Chatziargyriou will first evaluate your suitability and take a full medical history. The implications of sedation will be discussed with you before an appointment is made and your full consent is given. If you decide to go ahead with the procedure, a treatment plan will be drawn up and you will be asked to sign a consent form. This confirms that you agree to have the procedure and understand what it involves.

What do I need to do before dental sedation?

You must have a responsible adult to accompany you home after your treatment and stay with you at least until that evening.

It is not necessary to stop eating (fast) before sedation and we recommend that you have a light meal before your appointment.

Your medicines will have been reviewed before your sedation, and you will be told if you need to stop any of them temporarily. Unless you are advised otherwise, please continue to take your routine medicines as usual.

What happens during dental sedation

Once you have been given the appropriate sedation, your dentist will administer any local anaesthetic injections require to numb your mouth and will then proceed with the treatment whilst you are fully conscious but relaxed.

What do I need to do after dental sedation?

For your safety, it is important that you follow the aftercare advice given by Dr Athanasios Chatziargyriou. Dependent on the form of sedation your reasoning, reflexes, judgement, coordination and skill could be affected by the sedation until the next day. You may be asked to rest at home until the following day. During this time you should not:

  • drive any vehicle or ride a bicycle
  • operate any machinery, including domestic appliances
  • attempt to cook, use sharp utensils or pour hot or boiling liquids
  • drink alcohol or smoke
  • take sleeping tablets
  • make any important decisions or sign any contracts
  • be responsible for children or other dependents.

Do you offer dental sedation if I am not a patient at Parkhill?

Yes, we do offer dental sedation to those who are not patients at Parkhill Dental, just ask your dentist to refer you to Dr Athanasios Chatziargyriou.

 

Contact us today to find if dental sedation is right for you

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01803 380090

Email

reception@parkhilldental.co.uk

Address

Parkhill Dental Practice,
3 Parkhill Road,
Torquay,
TQ1 2AL,
Devon

Hours

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Fri: 8.00 - 3pm
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