We understand that some patients are nervous of visiting the dentist and that there are different levels of nervousness ranging from slight anxiety to dental phobia. Our dentists will take your fears seriously and offer advice on how to deal with them sensitively.

We offer sedation which can help you overcome your fear and anxiety and help you feel relaxed and calm during treatment. Sedation uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures.

The types of Sedation we offer are as follows:
Relative Analgesia Sedation

This is the use of a mixture of two gases, Oxygen and Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas), to help you relax and dispel the fear of dental treatment. You breathe the mixture of gases in through a special nosepiece which sits comfortably on your nose.

You will feel relaxed and happy and things which you would normally find unpleasant tend to be ignored, your pain threshold is raised without loss of consciousness. Your dentist will put you at ease at the same time by talking to you softly about what you will feel. Although you remain awake, you may feel drowsy but treatment is without discomfort and you are able to talk to the dentist at all times.

Local anaesthetic may or may not be used, depending on what treatment is being carried out. Your dentist will have talked through this with you beforehand.

It is a pleasant procedure which is very safe and under your control. The effects are quickly reversed by breathing in pure Oxygen and there are no after effects. You can drive a car after about 30 minutes.

Relative Analgesia Sedation – Before and After Guidelines

Preparation for your appointment:

  • Eat a light meal two hours before your appointment, you may drink non-alcoholic beverages as normal.
  • If you take tablets or medicines, these should be taken as usual. Inhalers should be used as normal.
  • Clothing should be loose & comfortable.
  • If you have children, you should not bring them with you, please arrange for them to be looked after at home.

After treatment:

  • You must remain in the waiting area for 5-10 minutes after treatment.
  • You must not leave the premises until directed to by the practice staff.
  • You will be able to drive a car and use machinery.
  • Please do ask the dentist if there are any aspects of the treatment that you do not understand.
IV Sedation

This sedation is administered intravenously through a very small needle and induces a state of deep relaxation and a feeling of not being bothered by what’s going on.

IV sedation can benefit you if you have a sensitive gag reflex or difficulty sitting in a dental chair for long periods of time.

You will be conscious and able to cooperate fully with your dentist, understanding and responding to their requests. However, after treatment, you may not remember much (or anything at all) about what went on.

It is very important to note that after IV sedation you should not drive or operate heavy machinery for at least 24 hours.

If you would like to discuss using sedation for your treatment, please ask to speak to one of our sedation specialists.

Intravenous Sedation Before and After Guidelines

Before Treatment:

  • DO take medication as normal, unless otherwise stated.
  • DO eat as normal
  • DO NOT take alcohol or non-prescribed medication on the day of your appointment.
  • DO please use the toilet immediately before your appointment.
  • DO ensure a responsible adult accompanies you to your appointment, to chaperone / drive you home

Following Treatment:

  • DO NOT drive for 24 hours.
  • DO NOT operate machinery or electrical appliances for 24 hours.
  • Do Not take excessive exercise
  • DO ensure you are accompanied home by a responsible adult.


We also work closely with Mark Powlett a local hypnotherapist who teaches relaxation techniques.

If you have a needle or dental phobia Mark will use hypnosis and hypnotherapy to help you to use your imagination to help make change.

“If you can already imagine that visiting your dentist will be a scary experience, then this means that you could also imagine it being a pleasant and relaxing one!”

Sessions are £65 each and will last 50 minutes. Mark recommends 3-4 sessions to overcome most phobias. Sessions are held at the Stratford practice in a quiet secluded room.

If you would like to book a session please contact reception on 01789 292460.

For more information about Mark’s services click here.