Can I cope with injection in the gum?  

 
No one likes having dental treatment. Some of us manage to accept our dentistry with the help of an injection in the gum, (local anaesthetic). Some of us however require alternative methods of pain and anxiety control. There are a number of these, which can be used either alone, or in conjunction with the familiar local anaesthetic. Your dentist will understand your anxieties and will be pleased to discuss your options. 
 
General anaesthesia (GA) is now largely confined to the hospital environment. There are still a small number of patients, especially children, but also some adults, where the treatment is best provided under a GA and for whom appropriate referral to hospital is justified. 
 
To replace GA there is a range of safer modern alternatives. The range extends from "tender loving care" right through to conscious sedation provided by your dentist giving an injection in your arm or hand. 
 
Oral sedation, inhalational sedation and the injection in the arm are the more commonly used techniques but some dentists can produce good results using hypnosis or acupuncture either alone or in conjunction with other treatment methods. Should you feel these alternatives are for you, talk to your dentist. 
 

 Our range of conscious sedation techniques are:  

 
Oral 
Inhalation sedation 
Single intravenous drug 
Multiple intravenous drugs 
 
 
Computer controlled infusions 
Patient controlled infusions 
Patient controlled sedation 
Intranasal sedation 
 

 Conscious sedation for dental treatment  

 
Conscious sedation is a form of anxiety control which makes treatment more pleasant for the patient. It is effective, predictable and very safe. 
 
Conscious sedation is the modern alternative to general anaesthesia for most dental procedures. 
 
Where general anaesthesia was used in the past, progressive hospitals, clinics and practices now use conscious sedation. 
 
Conscious sedation in dentistry is highly regulated. 
 
Dentists, doctors and anaesthetists are required to be specially trained in this subject. 
 
There is strict guidance from the Department of Health and the Royal College of Surgeons and Royal College of Anaesthetists to ensure your safe and comfortable care. 
 
This practice has nearly 30 years of experience. 
 
 

 Examples of the range of work we carry out are:  

 
White fillings and inlays 
Crown and bridgework 
Root canal therapy 
Minor oral surgery & wisdom teeth 
 
 
Orthodontic extractions 
Placement of dental implants 
Computer guided surgery