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For patients suffering from anxiety we can sometimes prescribe oral anxiolytics (such as benzodiazepines), in a procedure termed óral sedation. Normally your dentist after careful review of your medical history will prescribe you anxiolytics one hour before your appointment. This allows you to relax more during the procedure although you still will be awake and conscious. Side effects including drowsiness means you must have someone with you and you cannot drive home.
For some patients general anesthesia is the best option and is often used for extensive surgical procedures. General anesthesia is performed in hospitals or day centres where you are essentially ‘put to sleep’. Our clinics do have access to a day surgery or we may refer you to another specialist clinician who can carry out your procedure in a hospital environment.