Sedation

At Barnton Dental Spa we realise that some people are very nervous of dental treatment and may have put off coming to the dentist for several years. Dr Marsden has 10 years of experience in helping people with dental anxiety and is delighted to be able to offer dental treatment under sedation to such patients or to those who are undergoing lengthy or complex procedures.

Dental Sedation uses, in most cases, a drug called Midazolam. This is administered and closely monitored by Chris Greenhagh a highly experienced Consultant Anaesthetist. Midazolam creates a sleepy, dream like state in which patients feel immediately and deeply relaxed. This is often referred to as "sleep dentistry", although patients are never actually asleep and are able to communicate with their dentist throughout the procedure. Dentistry is then completed as normal with local anaesthetic used to prevent discomfort during treatment.

Once the treatment is complete the deep sedation effects can be reversed and afterwards patients have little or no recollection of events. This a normal effect of the drug. However, people will feel somewhat drowsy and unsteady afterwards and will need to be escorted home and rest for the remainder of the day.

For those whose anxiety can prevent sleep before a dental visit, oral sedatives can be provided to aid a good nights rest.

Our guidance for sedation on the day that you have treatment:

On the day of your appointment:

After your appointment:

Contact us on 0131 336 1360 to schedule your complimentary sedation consultation, your first step to a pain free, confident smile.

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"I have a severe dental phobia – Dr Marsden at Barnton Dental Spa has helped me through a lot of treatment and managed to make every experience with the team pleasant. It's great not having to worry about going to the dentist."

Louise Cumming

"After years of being terrified of the dentist I was delighted to find out that Barnton Dental Spa offered sedation. I had a tooth removed by sedation and it was fantastic I was given a tablet for the night before to help me sleep and another to take the morning of the extraction to relax me and both did the job well. If I have any further problems with my teeth I will definitely not hesitate to have the procedure done again as my fear has now gone."

Anne Swanney

"After having many issues with my teeth when I was younger, I developed a real fear of going to the dentist. A year and a half before going to Barnton Dental Spa, I went to another dentist for a check up because I was getting toothache. They advised I needed 2 fillings, I booked an appointment and the day of the appointment cancelled because I was too scared to go. I decided a year and a half later I really needed to get something done as the sensitive toothpaste wasn't working anymore! That's when I came across Barnton Dental Spa. Everyone was really friendly and Dr Marsden was great at explaining anything that was asked. There were two options for Sedation, oral and IV, I chose oral but I was still quite skeptical that taking tablets could make me feel fine about going to the dentist.The morning of the appointment I was really scared and even though everyone was really nice, I didn't want to go. I made my way there and took the tablets, it was really quite strange after they kicked in because I really wasn't fussed anymore. I went in, had my fillings done and came out thinking that it was no bother at all. For the amount of fillings needed, I had to have 2 appointments. I took the tablets for the second appointment too and again it was no problem and I wasn't fussed. After years of being really scared of the dentist, it was such a relief to be able to go and not worry.I would definitely use the oral sedation again and recommend it to anyone who has a fear of the dentist, it totally put me at ease and took my worries away"

Dawn O'Donnell

"Sedation was the best thing that ever could have happened for me. I am a wreck going to the dentist and I needed root canal treatment. Having sedation made all the difference to me being able to sit in the dental chair and forget about the treatment. "

Lana Devlin
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"I recently had six crowns on my back teeth placed by Dr Marsden. The teeth that were to be crowned were badly broken down and unsightly. The work was all completed within two weeks and the result has made a huge difference to my smile! I was very happy with the treatment which was painless and straightforward - I would recommend Dr Marsden and Barnton Dental Spa for your future dental needs."

Francis Algie

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