Coping with Dental anxiety

‘Sleep Dentistry’ is a term used to describe I.V sedation dentistry. This is where medication is administered to help relieve a patient of their fears and anxieties during a dental procedure. Lots of people suffer from fears and phobias associated with the dentist - with very real symptoms.  We know that some can be so overwhelming that this can prevent a person seeking the treatment they want or need.  At the Brighton Implant Clinic, we have had many patients who have avoided the dentist for years or even since childhood. We will do everything we can to advise and inform our patients on what dentistry means today. As well as, help our patient’s combat their phobias to get the treatment they want or need. This is why one of the additional services that we offer is  ‘Sleep dentistry’.


Modern dentistry means that dentists are no longer the bad guys.  At the Brighton Implant Clinic, we believe dentistry is all about comfort, pain prevention, efficiency, hygiene and lasting natural results. If your fears are preventing you from even a check up, contact us today to see how we can help. In a dental check up our dentists are just looking at the health of your mouth and teeth, you can read more about what happens in a dental check up here.

I.V. Sedation

I.V. Sedation is where you are administered an anti-anxiety sedative before undergoing your dental procedure. You will be conscious as well as responsive throughout, however, you will feel deep in relaxation. So much so, it can almost feel like you could drift off to sleep. We call it the ‘twilight’ zone.

Why is it also known as 'sleep' dentistry?


Sedation dentistry is also known as ‘sleep dentistry’ because of the effects following the procedure. Although you will be fully conscious throughout the procedure you will experience partial to total amnesia afterwards. This means that it is unlikely that you will remember the procedure at all, or it will feel like a dream that you can’t quite remember all the parts to. Because of this I.V sedation is also known as ‘sleep’ dentistry.

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What happens in the I.V. sedation procedure?

I.V. is an abbreviation for intravenous, which means administered through a vein. Sedation medication in dentistry is usually administered through a vein in the back of your hand, but in some circumstances through a vein in your arm.  A ‘pulse oximeter’ is clipped to your finger to measure your blood pressure, pulse and oxygen throughout. You will be able to follow the full instructions of your dentist but the sedative will ensure you feel at ease, totally relaxed and comfortable.



What is the medication used in I V sedation?

In the United Kingdom, the usual medication used in IV sedation is a type of benzodiazepines or “benzos” for short. There are different forms of benzos however they are all an anti-anxiety sedative.


What does I.V. Sedation feel like?

Even though I V Sedation is also known as ‘sleep dentistry’ you will not be asleep, you will feel total relaxation, with no fear which may seem pretty unbelievable, but you will - while being fully conscious. You will feel like you’re somewhere between wake and sleep, but only because I V sedation causes partial to total amnesia. At the time you will just be very relaxed in the *twilight* zone.

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Do I need to prepare?

  • Do not eat for up to 6 hours before treatment, but you may have water up to 2 hours before.
  • Avoid alcohol for up to 24 hours before treatment.
  • Inform your dentist of any other medication that you are taking.
  • Make sure that you have allowed the whole day for recovery.

Will I need after care?

  • Do not bring any children with you as you may feel uncoordinated, unsteady as well as sleepy.  You must be accompanied by another adult who can take you home.
  • Do not drive or partake in any strenuous exercise.
  • Do not drink any alcohol.


What we understand about our patient's fears and anxieties...

Modern dentistry to us means outdated décor, uncomfortable waiting rooms and the sounds of dental instruments coming from different rooms is a big no-no.  We understand why going to the dentist can be uncomfortable; someone peering into your mouth intruding on your personal space is not something we let people do every day. At the Brighton Implant Clinic, we have strived to create state-of-the-art dental health centres, which are bright, open and modern. This means that the designs of our clinics are about making our patients feel welcome, comfortable and relaxed. This is why we have incorporated stylish designs with leading dental facilities and equipment. 

We have combined this with a multi-skilled, thoughtful, and talented team who have been specially trained in I.V sedation. If you have not been to the dentist in years or even since childhood, it is never too late to get the treatment you want or need. For more information...

Brighton Implant Clinic

The Brighton Implant Clinic was established in 2009, Hove, East Sussex. The award – winning clinic now spans over four sites in Hove,  Brighton, Worthing, and Hailsham. Founder and principal dentist Dr Bruno Silva has created a clinic with state of the art facilities and equipment including its own dental laboratory. We provide personalised and affordable dental care, including dental implants and cosmetic dentistry solutions, with additional services such as sedative dentistry. Dr Silva and his team believe a smile is a gift that keeps on giving, confidence in your smile is confidence in you. Their promise is to provide patients with first class dental treatments with first class patient care.

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