Sedation can be very useful if:

  • you don’t want to be aware of what’s happening during a procedure and you want to be “out of it”. In this case, IV sedation is the method of choice
  • you want a little help to relax – “laughing gas” can give you a pleasant relaxed feeling
  • you have a “gut feeling” that sedation would help you and allow you to get work done which otherwise you wouldn’t be able to tolerate
  • your fear is procedure-specific (e. g. needles, extractions), especially if you know that the fear would still exist in the presence of an empathetic dentist and adequate pain-control
  • you perceive your fears to be completely irrational and not helped by either an empathetic dentist or psychological techniques
  • you have other mental health problems and you feel you’d benefit from sedation
  • your primary aim is “to get your teeth fixed” as quickly as possible, for example because you’re very busy or you’ve got an important social event coming up
  • it’s an invasive or unpleasant procedure such as more complex extractions


The case for sedation can be summed up in one sentence: “If it helps, why not?” If you’re going to have a treatment that will not be painful, but might be uncomfortable, why not consider having sedation as part of the course and forget that it ever even happened?

Get in touch today to see how Pollok Dental Care can help you get the treatment you need but without the fear!