Is sedation dentistry right for me?

Dr Smiths advanced training in the field of Conscious Sedation Dentistry allows for the comprehensive and experienced use of sedation in routine treatments.

Sedation dentistry is a miracle for anyone who fears dentists and discomfort. It allows you to get the care your smile needs without pain or anxiety.

Is Sedation Dentistry Right For Me?

Sedation dentistry may be the ideal solution for you if:

  • You’ve had a bad experience at the dentist.
  • You dread going to the dentist for any reason.
  • You have difficulty keeping your mouth open.
  • You need a lengthy or invasive treatment.
  • You have a very sensitive gag reflex.

Dos and Don’ts On the Day of Treatment:

Before Treatment


  • Remember that you must be accompanied to the clinic by a responsible adult who will stay at the clinic during your treatment and accompany you home.
  • Remember that you cannot travel home by public transport.
  • Arrive for your appointment approximately 15 minutes early so that any pre-treatment documentation can be completed.
  • Remove contact lenses.
  • Remove ALL make-up, particularly lipstick and nail varnish.
  • Remove ALL jewellery.
  • Tie back long hair.
  • Continue to take routine medicine unless the sedationist has advised otherwise.
  • Tell the sedationist if you have been to see your family doctor or attended hospital since your consultation appointment.
  • Give details of any medicines, tablets or pills which you are taking, prescribed by your doctor or not, which you have not advised us of before.
  • Wear loose fitting and comfortable clothing. It is particularly important for sleeves to be loose.
  • Inform the sedationist if you are breastfeeding.


  • Have anything to eat or drink for 5 hours prior to the appointment. This is extremely important – the only exception is routine medication, which can be taken with a little water.
  • Drink any form of alcohol on the same day.
  • Bring anyone with you other than the responsible adult who will take you home. Please do not bring any children with you.

After Treatment


  • Rest for a few hours and spend the rest of the day quietly
  • Eat light and easily digestible food for the rest of the day.
  • Take any medicines, tablets or pills, which have been prescribed for you.


  • Drive any vehicle, operate any machinery, use cookers, kettles or irons or make any business decisions for 24 hours following your sedation. Your reflexes and judgment may have been temporarily affected.
  • Drink any form of alcohol until the following day.

For any further information about our practice, please do not hesitate to contact us and make an appointment to see us.