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General Dentistry under Sedation

General dental treatment under IV sedation usually involves: the relief of dental pain the treatment of decayed teeth, gum (periodontal) treatment and extraction of rotten teeth. We are not able to carry out root canal treatments under IV sedation.

If you are particularly nervous, anxious or have a phobia of dentistry, sedation is an excellent way to manage your anxieties. It is suitable for patients aged 18+, it involves the administration of an intravenous drug (usually a single drug such as midazolam), this is administered into a small vein on the back of the hand or in the crease of your arm. You feel very relaxed and we are then able to carry out your dental treatment. The drugs used for IV sedation produce either a partial or full memory loss (amnesia), for the period of time when the drug is first administered until it wears off. Local anaesthetic is used in the mouth while you are sedated to ensure your dental treatment is carried out painlessly and for your post-operative comfort.

An account of IV sedation

"Basically it is a tiny pinch in your arm, in goes the stuff, nothing happens for several seconds and then you begin to feel lightheaded for a few moments. before you know it time has flown by and everything is done. you feel fairly drowsy for a while afterwards and generally sleeping it off is a good idea."

Dr Vinika Patel

Dr Vinika Patel | Dental Surgeon | GDC 229169

BDS Birm 2012, MJDF RCS (Eng) 2013

Dr Patel graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2012 and 2013 obtained her MJDF RCS.

She obtained further postgraduate training at Kings College Hospital London, in Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Intravenous sedation, relative analgesia, dental emergencies, paediatric trauma and the management of nervous patients. Dr Patel has undertaken further postgraduate training in treating nervous patients with sedation and is a member of the (SAAD) Society for the Advancement of Anesthesia in Dentistry.

As part of her role as dental seditionist she carries out a variety of restorative treatments and minor oral surgery under intravenous and inhalation sedation, logging over 1000 cases, the past 10 years.

Dr Patel completed modules in respect to receiving a Postgraduate Diploma in Dental Education in 2017 and has been involved with dental training and assessment at postgraduate level since that time. She also went on to complete a Graduate Diploma in Law in 2016 to further her interests in Dento-Legal matters.

Dr Puja Morgan

Dr Puja Morgan | GDC 176714

BDS (Wales) 2009 PGCert. Sedation (London) UCL 2019

Puja gained her Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Cardiff University Wales College of Medicine in 2009. During her 12-year career as a dentist she realised her particular interest is in oral surgery and treating very anxious patients. Puja is a performer for advanced mandatory services under the NHS and provides oral surgery and sedation services on referral, for anxious adults and children. She gained postgraduate qualifications from the Society for Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry (SAAD) in 2013 and has been practising sedation ever since. Puja passed with distinction her examinations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Sedation and Pain Management in 2019 from University College London (UCL). Following this Puja accepted the invitation from the UCL director to mentor and assess dentists in relation to IV sedation and RA sedation.

Puja recently accepted a role at Guys Dental hospital to mentor final year oral surgery undergraduate dentists. Puja provides mobile sedation services at a number of practices throughout England and Wales. Puja also has a postgraduate certificate in Implantology from Warwick University (2014).

Currently Puja’s time is dedicated to NHS and private practice in providing and teaching Oral Surgery and Sedation Services.