We understand that for some people a visit to the dentist can cause anxiety and stress. We have met and helped many such patients in our surgery in the past and are committed to keep doing so.

All our staff is fully trained and experienced in looking after, relaxing and reassuring nervous patients. Our dentist, Dr Krisztina Karpati is a Dental Phobia Certified dentist (click here to verify). You are not alone and we are here to help you.

There are many ways that we can help you feel more comfortable and at ease, and because every patient is different and has unique concerns, we make sure that we apply the appropriate techniques on each particular case. We will make sure that your dental treatment is done in the most relaxing and pain free manner to suit your specific needs.

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We will ensure that your dental treatment is done in the most relaxing and pain free manner to suit your specific needs.


Why Do I Need Sedation?

Sedation is an ideal way of helping you to relax if you are nervous about dental treatment or you are having a procedure which may cause discomfort or distress.

What Kind of Sedation Will Be Used?

At R Smiles Dental Practice we operate a regular Intravenous (IV) Sedation Clinic.

IV Sedation is when a sedative is injected directly into a vein and makes you relaxed and sleepy. It works very well with patients with anxiety or phobia.

This clinic is run by an Anaesthetist Doctor and our fully qualified nurse. This is important as it is the only way to provide the best treatment in a safe controlled environment.

If you are looking to have dental treatment under sedation, ALWAYS make sure that this is done by a fully qualified dental team

What Are The Benefits Of IV Sedation?

While under IV sedation, you will feel deeply relaxed but you will still be able to understand, respond and communicate with the dentist. You will be unaware of the operation or procedure that the dentist is performing. This means that you can regain your healthy smile without unnecessary stress and discomfort.

What Happens During IV Sedation?

An aneathsetist will place a thin plastic tube into a vein either in one of your arms or in the back of one of your hands. A drug will then be injected which will quickly make you feel very sleepy and relaxed.

Throughout the procedure you will have a gadget clipped to your finger to measure your pulse and oxygen levels. Your blood pressure will be checked before and after the procedure.

As well as IV sedation, you will be given a local anaesthetic. You will not be aware of being given the local anaesthetic because you will have it after you have received the IV sedation. The anaesthetic will be given by way of an injection into the gum surrounding the area that you are having treated and it is the same as the one given to patients having treatment carried out without sedation. The injection will take a couple of minutes to numb the area and it ensures that you will feel no pain during your treatment.

The length of time you will be sedated varies depending on the treatment you are having.

What Happens After IV Sedation?

When the dentist has completed your treatment, you will need to stay in the surgery until you are considered ready to leave by the anaethsetist. Recovery usually takes about 10-15 minutes but can be longer in some cases.

Once you have been discharged from the surgery, you will need to be escorted home by the person you have chosen as your responsible adult (someone over the age of 16) and they must supervise you for a period of 24 hours.


During the times you should not:


  • Travel alone
  • Drive or ride a bicycle or motorcycle
  • Operate machinery
  • Drink alcohol
  • Return to work
  • Sign legal documents