Local and IV Sedation

For pain-free dental treatments for nervous patients

Sedation may be the solution for you if you’re nervous about dental treatment. Recent research shows that the number one reason adults postpone dental treatment is fear - not time, not money but fear!

Sedation is especially useful for people who:

  • Have high anxiety and fears about dental visits
  • Have had traumatic dental experiences in the past
  • Are receiving complex treatments/ surgery
  • Have a strong gag reflex
  • Have had difficulty in getting numb in the past
  • Hate the noises and/or smells associated with dental care
  • People who do not have the time for multiple visits
  • Have difficulty in getting numb

What is sedation

Sedation can only be carried out by a dentist with a recognised post graduate qualification in sedation. Our oral surgeon, Dr Justin Moloney has this qualification and can provide sedation for treatment he carries out himself, or can provide the service for a patient seeing one of our other dentists.

We can now perform services using

  • local anaesthetic only
  • local anaesthetic and intra-venous sedation (where the patient is conscious but not aware)
  • general anaesthetic

Intra-venous sedation is a technique which brings patient comfort to unparalleled levels. The purpose of sedation is to enable you relax throughout your dental treatment. Even though you are not technically asleep, unlike with a general anaesthetic you may fall asleep and most clients remember very little about the procedure once treatment is complete.

SPECIAL NOTE: please let us know prior to your appointment if you require sedation as you will need to have pre op instructions and ensure you have someone to escort you home afterwards.

Justin is a fully participating surgeon with VHI, Laya Health and Aviva health insurance. This means that all procedures will be fully covered by your insurance and there is no need to seek prior approval for the treatment from your insurer. The initial consultation of €100 will not be covered by your insurance.  Also, if you opt to have your treatment carried out under sedation, there will be an additional €150 fee for this service which is not covered by health insurance.

This sedation service costs €150 extra for treatment provided by Justin. It costs 300 euro extra if the sedation is provided by Justin and the treatment is provided by another dentist.

We do ask that you confirm and pre pay for the oral surgery services as it is difficult to deal with payments etc during a visit that requires sedation.   Also we need to confirm appointments, because the appointments are in high demand and only available once a month. We understand that there are occasions when cancellation is required, but we would ask for commitment from you to keep your appointment once arranged .

How will IV sedation in the surgery affect me?

You become drowsy and unaware of any treatment, but you are still able to co-operate with the dentist. The effects of sedative medicine take some time to wear off and your dentist will tell you how long the drugs will take to clear from your body. You may feel drowsy and light headed for a few hours, like if you’ve had a few glasses of wine, but won’t suffer with a hangover! For most people the sedation effects have worn off fully within 24 hours.

You won’t be able to drink alcohol, drive or work machinery during this time. You will need someone to take you home following your visit. 

For more information on sedation options please contact the Mullingar Family Dental Centre at 044 9340370 or by email at info@familydentist.ie.

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