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Maida Smiles (W. London)

Tel: 020 3974 1777

dental sedation

Conscious IV Sedation Dentistry is Available at Our London Clinic

Does the dentist make you nervous? Is your anxiety getting in the way of you booking essential dental surgery or procedures? Don’t worry, you’ve landed at the right place.

IV Sedation is available for all nervous patients, or patients with dental phobias.

It works very quickly and is completely safe.

IV sedation dentistry

Maida Smiles is one of few clinics in London (and even the UK) to offer IV Intravenous sedation, which is typically only performed in hospitals. 

At Maida Smiles, we utilise many relaxation techniques to ensure our patients are as comfortable as possible during certain surgeries.

With IV sedation, patients are in a completely relaxed state – and whilst this methord of pain control doesn’t put you under, patients often feel so relaxed they nod off. 

The reason this monitored anaesthesia care works so well is because patients are left with little or no memory of the procedure, and no memory = no painful or bad experience to remember.

Call 020 3974 1777 and speak to Dorota our practice manager. She is always available to help put your fears to rest.

Learn what happens at a free consultation?

Our treatment coordinator Cintia explains the importance of booking a free consultation before your treatment appointment.

Fully Qualified & IV Certified Dentists

IV Sedation from £500.

We’ve undertaken the relevant SAAD National Course to achieve the necessary accreditation and clinical skills required for the safe provision of conscious sedation at our dental practice.

As a clinic able to offer conscious sedation chairside, we have an advanced advantage over other clinics in the area as we can ease the minds and experiences of our implant patients, who might otherwise delay life-changing missing teeth treatments. 

Particularly anxious missing teeth patients have even travelled across the country to our practice for this same reason.

Intravenous sedation is a conscious sedation, sometimes referred to as twilight sedation is a common type of pain control, which can relax you to the point of falling asleep.

IV sedation is typically used in short, less complex procedures where an injection of local anaesthetic is not enough, but general anaesthesia isn’t necessary.

At Maida Smiles, we’re permitted to use it in our practice for patients who are scared, anxious or nervous about upcoming procedures like dental implants.

  • Minimal: You’ll be relaxed and conscious with the ability to understand any dental questions and follow directions. We typically prescribe this level of sedation if we need you to be involved in the procedure.
  • Moderate: Here, you’ll feel drowsy and might even fall asleep during the procedure, which means you’ll likely not remember some of the procedure.
  • Deep: You won’t be unconscious, but are often so relaxed that you may fall into a nice, comfortable sleep throughout the procedure with little to no memory of it at all.
Shot of a patient and assistant

Levels of sedation

Analgesics and sedation are provided through a cannula (small plastic tube) in a vein on the back of your hand or arm – and depending on the complexity of your procedure, the level of sedation may range from minimal to deep. The treatment works quickly, leaving patients feeling instantly relaxed.

Patients given moderate or deep sedation might be given oxygen during the procedure as this level of sedation might slow their breathing.

Once our dental surgeons have completed the procedure, patients wake up fairly quickly once the medications are stopped. 

If you’ve ever had general anaesthesia before, you’ll likely expect to wake up to side effects like drowsiness – and with IV sedation, it’s similar. 

The effects will not be as heavy as a general anaesthetic, usually with no feeling of nausea as different drugs are being used – you will, on the contrary, have a very good night’s sleep. You’ll likely recover faster and be sent home in no time to rest (full effects last for an hour).

  • Patients can have a light meal up to two hours before their procedure.
  • Clear fluids, like water, are also allowed up to two hours before surgery.
  • Alcohol beverages should not be consumed within 24 hours before your sedation visit.
  • No lipstick or nail varnish on the day of surgery.

Please ensure that you have a responsible adult who can take you home after the procedure – we would not recommend a taxi driver, for example, but someone who can ensure you get home comfortably.

Patients should also note that they should wear loose-fitting clothes, which will help us gain access to their upper arms so that we can monitor their blood pressure.

  • Often safer to provide the treatment than without (on plain local anesthetic alone)
  • Better patient experience and perception of the treatment
  • Allows the patient to cooperate as they are conscious.
  • Less invasive when compared to general anaesthesia
  • Has fewer side effects than general anaesthesia.
  • Lowers risks caused by general anaesthesia.
  • Avoids the need for a breathing tube or to stay overnight under observation at the hospital.

Why is IV sedation so popular with nervous patients?

  • Often safer to provide the treatment than without (on plain local anesthetic alone)
  • Better patient experience and perception of the treatment
  • Allows the patient to cooperate as they are conscious.
  • Less invasive when compared to general anaesthesia
  • Has fewer side effects than general anaesthesia.
  • Lowers risks caused by general anaesthesia.
  • Avoids the need for a breathing tube or to stay overnight under observation at the hospital.
Christina J
Christina J
23. March, 2023.
I've been receiving orthodontic treatment for about a year now with Dr. Ines and she's a wonderful mixture of highly skilled and professional, very thorough, and gentle in her approach. She is also super personable and I always look forward to my monthly appointments with her. She's made such a big improvement to my teeth and I'm very happy with my treatment so far -- I highly recommend Dr. Ines. I've also had other treatments with Maida Smiles and always had a great experience, especially with my wisdom teeth removal (by Dr. Pedro) that went very smoothly without any issues. The team's treatment coordinator/dentist nurse Cinthia is also always super kind and helpful if you have any questions or want to understand treatments.
Angelica Sacrepaye
Angelica Sacrepaye
15. March, 2023.
I had the lovely Dr Shankar for a 4 month Invisalign treatment. I mainly had overcrowding that needed sorting out after having had braces as a teenager and not wearing my retainer. Dr Shankar was delightful and has a lovely energy about him that made me feel very comfortable throughout the whole process. He explained processes well and also gave good advice to help me make informed decisions. I would highly highly recommend him to anyone in the Maida Vale area!
George Batchkala
George Batchkala
14. March, 2023.
I had 2 wisdom teeth (on the same side) removed by Dr Pedro. I had a much better experience than I expected. One month later, I have completely recovered without any complications. Absolutely recommend!
André Tiago
André Tiago
3. March, 2023.
I was recommended to start my treatment at the clinic and I couldn't be more pleased. It has been 6 months since I put my braces on and I am being followed by Dr. Ines and Dr. Cíntia. I can already see great changes and can't wait for the final result. Excellent professionals. The whole environment is very calm which makes you comfortable. 100% recommend Maida Smiles Clinic.
Claudia Castellani
Claudia Castellani
3. March, 2023.
Following a friend’s recommendation, I brought my eldest daughter to Dr Ines do Carmo for orthodontic treatment. Ines has been brilliant throughout the treatment; she is incredibly passionate about her work and this is reflected in her skilled perfectionism and the amazing results she achieves for her patients. From the start, Ines’ warm and friendly manner succeeded in putting my apprehensive daughter at ease. She was also forthcoming and thorough in her explanations of the treatment, and happy to share her extensive knowledge. My daughter now has an even lovelier smile thanks to Ines. I highly recommend her and will be bringing my younger children to her for their orthodontic treatment.
Carla Parreira
Carla Parreira
3. March, 2023.
It was my first time in the clinic and I had a great experience. The staff is very friendly. Samantha was very helpful with booking the appointment and fast replied to my messages. I had an appointment with Dr. Ines do Carmo. She is lovely. She explained all the treatment and the best option for my case. Cintia was helping Dr. Ines with the appointment. Cintia is very friendly. Dr. Ines and Cintia took care of me and made me feel welcome during the consultation. I will continue my treatment in the clinic. I recommend the clinic and especially Dr. Ines do Carmo.
Maria Moreira
Maria Moreira
2. March, 2023.
It is my good fortune to have found Dra inês at Maida Smiles Clinic and to have her as my orthodontist. My complex orthodontic treatment, as an adult, defies all laws of physics, but Dra Inês has the most amazing professional expertise and compassion to help and change lives, and she is helping me massively. In each consultation, Dra Inês moves one-step forward to improve my bite, my oral health in general and my smile! I will be forever grateful to Dra Inês for her outstanding care, professionalism and support she provides in each visit, in such a caring and friendly way. I warmly recommend Dra Inês and Maida Smiles Clinic to anyone who os considering orthodontics.
Adrian de Haro
Adrian de Haro
1. March, 2023.
We were on a short trip to London and my wife's implant got loose. We called Maida Smiles and they immediately saw her. They kindly sorted the issue out and my wife was extremely satisfied with the kind, friendly and professional service. Thanks Dr Pedro.
Igor Zinatulin
Igor Zinatulin
26. February, 2023.
I can’t thank enough Dr Pedro Gutierres and Maida Smiles’ team for guiding me through a multiple teeth extraction operation I had at the clinic recently. I’m a very anxious patient and everyone at Maida Smiles went above and beyond to accommodate my questions, asks and concerns. The operation itself was painless and positively uneventful, healing was quick and after-care second to none. Never thought I’d say this to myself but I’m looking forward to my next dentist appointment at Maida Smiles.