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Many people feel completely at ease at the dentist’s. But we know this isn’t the case for everybody. If you are nervous about dental treatment, sedation can help relax you. It will make your visit easier and more pleasant for you.

Sedation involves drugs which completely relax you – you’ll feel drowsy and unaware of any treatment, but you are still able to talk and co-operate with us.

We work with two specialist dental anaesthetists from St Bart’s hospital. Dr Joe Omar (MBBCh, DA, MRCA, PDD (Sed.)) and Dr Andre du Plessis (B.Med Sci, MBChB, PDD (Sed.)) work regularly with all of the dentists here.

If you fall into the Dentist-Isn’t-My-Favourite-Place group of people, then please tell us. If we know about your fears, then we’ll try to make you feel especially relaxed.

Frequently asked questions

Who carries out my dental sedation?

It is usual for an anaesthetist to carry out the sedation. This leaves us free to concentrate on the dentistry. We work with Dr Joe Omar (MBBCh, DA, MRCA, PDD (Sed.)) and Dr Andre du Plessis (B.Med Sci, MBChB, PDD (Sed.)). They are very experienced dental anaesthetists and are at the forefront of their professions. They are both honorary lecturers at the prestigious Eastman Dental Institute.

They are very valuable members of our extended team.

What happens?

Before starting any treatments, we will review your medical history and explain how sedation works.

On the day of your appointment, we ask that an escort, a friend or a relative, brings you to the practice.

The sedation is by injection, either in the back of your hand or in your arm. The dose will depend on your treatment and the length of time it will take.

The anaesthetist and the dental team will make certain that you’re relaxed and completely comfortable and they monitor you very closely while you’re sedated.

Will I feel any pain?

No, you will feel no discomfort whatsoever during treatment. Although you may feel groggy, most people feel surprisingly good afterwards.

Will I be totally relaxed?

You’ll receive just enough sedation so that you’ll be completely unaware of the treatment, as you would if you were asleep.

Will I remember anything?

At the end of the treatment, you’ll have little or no memory of your dental visit.

Will I be able to talk?

You remain conscious during sedation and you will also be able to understand and respond to questions from us.

Is sedation safe for me?

Sedation is extremely safe when carried out under the supervision of a specially-trained anaesthetist working with a dentist. Before starting any treatment, we review your medical history and we monitor you very closely while you’re under sedation.

Can anyone be sedated?

Sedation is not suitable for young children or pregnant women. If you are in very ill health, it is advisable to have sedation carried out in a hospital setting. Conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, allergies, in isolation are not aggravated by sedation. Reducing the stress, in these cases, may even be helpful.

Will I be groggy after my treatment is over?

A little but most people say that they feel just fine. For your safety, we do require that you have a family member or friend drive you home.

What should I do after sedation?

Have your escort take you home.

Rest for the remainder of the day.
Have your escort look after you until you feel completely alert.
Don’t perform any strenuous or hazardous activities.
Do not make any important decisions.
No driving for the rest of the day.
Don’t eat a heavy meal immediately. If you feel peckish, eat a light meal. e.g. toast.
If you experience nausea, lie down and rest.
Don’t drink alcohol for the rest of the day.
Take medications as directed by your dentist or your G.P.
If you have any unusual problems, call your dentist.

What safety measures do you take?

Health and safety and the prevention of cross-contamination are vitally important to us. And to keep us as the forefront of dentistry, we consider our professional development to be paramount.

X-rays

We use digital x-rays which deliver about 90% less radiation dosage than a standard x-ray.
We have 2 separate radiography rooms which are fully lead-lined and radiation protected.

Cross-infection

We have a seamless floor from reception door onwards.It’s made with a poured resin which means that there are no seams or cracks for dirt to collect in. And all our instruments are sterilised and stored in sealed bags. We have a sterilisation room and the instruments are sent to and from the surgeries in vacuum-wrapped, colour-coded sterile trays. Our disposable instruments are thrown away after use. We always wear disposable gloves when working and we obviously wear new ones for each patient.

Barrier protection

We cover surfaces that are touched by the dentist (e.g. handles, buttons in the surgery) in thick selotape-like plastic. This forms a further barrier against germs. These are removed after each patient and then the area underneath is cleaned using sterilising wipes and sprays.

Mercury

All of the dental units have mercury separators and we use high-volume aspiration so that mercury is removed safely. We can reassure you that there can be no mercury leaks.

Amalgam free

We do not place amalgam (mercury) fillings.

Immunisation

Our dentists, nurses and hygienist are immunised against Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis (TB), Tetanus, Poliomyelitis (Polio), Pertussis (whooping cough), Diphtheria, Rubella, Mumps and Varicella. This helps to protect both team members and patients from these diseases.

Professional education

We pride ourselves on our commitment to professional development. All members of the team regularly attend seminars and conferences to stay abreast of the latest thinking. We are registered with the General Dental Council for continuing professional development and Andrew, Janet and Andre, between them, are active members of the relevant dental professional bodies — British Dental Association, Dental Society of London, British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Association of Dental Implantology and the New Zealand Dental Society in London.
 Hayley is an active member of the Dental Hygienist & Therapists Association and the Dental Therapy Association. Farah, our Orthodontist, teaches three days a week and is at the very forefront of new thinking.

If you have any questions or you’d like to have a peek around, please ask.

What about payment options?

We offer 0% finance loans, subject to the usual terms and conditions and status requirements. We also offer corporate and personal dental schemes and we are happy to accept personal insurance. E.g. Denplan or BUPA. Please click here for more information.

I'd like to ask a question?

We’d love to hear it especially if it’s dentally related. Please bear in mind that our dentists are attending to patients for most of the day. They will reply to you as soon as they are able to do so. Ask us a question.

What do I do next?

If you’d like to book an appointment, you can call us on 020 7638 7100, or email us on bite@dentistry100.co.uk.

  • Our anaesthetists are both honorary lecturers at the highly-regarded Eastman Dental Institute.
  • You’ll feel as if you’re floating on a cloud.
  • You can ask Nancy or Sarah, our dental nurses, to hold your hand if you need a little bit of extra reassurance.
  • We follow strict sedation protocols including monitoring blood pressure, pulse, respiration and oxygen.
  • We also make sure that you have an escort and a ride home.