St Dunstan’s Dental Practice

Sedation Services

Sedation is a safe way to reduce anxiety

If you have avoided the dentist or would simply like to find out how sedation may help you now or in the future.

Please contact us on 01227 761158 or at

We have an understanding and qualified sedation team to look after you to make being completely relaxed in the dental chair a reality for even the most nervous patients. Dental phobia is a very common fear; some people will cross the street rather walk past a dental practice!

For others it’s the fear of having injections in the mouth, the sound of the drill, or the fear of not being able to breathe or swallow. Sometimes it’s just a case that you need a lot of work that will take long appointments and you wish your treatment to be as comfortable as possible.

Whatever the case we do not judge you and you needn’t be ashamed or avoid coming in to see us to find out how we can help you. We will always treat you with dignity and understanding as we know how important it is that nervous or dentally phobic patients can access good quality dentistry.

Dr Surinder Bhatti has been providing Intravenous sedation to nervous patients and those patient undergoing complex dental treatments for 20 years. He is a member of SAAD (link to their website) and he is supported by qualified trained sedation nurses.

Sedation is a highly effective and safe way of reducing anxiety and is a good solution for patients who need treatment but have avoided visiting the dentist, sometimes, for many years. It can also help those who are undergoing long or complex procedures and patients with a strong gag reflex.

Conscious intravenous sedation does not put you completely to sleep like a general anaesthetic, but you will feel very relaxed and drowsy during treatment and will usually not remember the procedure afterwards. Usually the sedative is given in the arm or the back of the hand and the dentist will tailor the dose that you need so that you are relaxed enough to undergo the procedure.

During sedation you retain all your protective reflexes such as coughing and you will maintain the ability to cooperate with our instructions. The dentist will ensure local anaesthetic is used as is appropriate so the procedure is pain free.

You will require somebody to come with you to the appointment and to stay with you afterwards. All instructions on what you need to do before and after a sedation appointment will be explained and provided in writing beforehand.