Sedation for Patients

Are you frightened of the dentist?

Cudworth Sedation Centre is a family dental practice that specialises in treating nervous patients. Using advanced techniques, patients can benefit from the various forms of sedation that our dentists offer, which can help patients cope with their anxiety throughout their dental treatment.

We are accredited by NHS England, the Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry and the General Dental Council as a highly regarded dental practice with the expertise to treat nervous and phobic patients.

Going to the dentist is an experience that causes many people to feel anxious at best and for some people it fills them with terror! However, at Cudworth Sedation Centre we understand this and that is why we make every effort to make your visit to us as comfortable as possible. We take great care to help you overcome any worries which you may have concerning your oral health and treatment.
Many years of experience in dealing with anxious patients has taught us to adopt an understanding and respectful approach to our patients and to listen to your concerns carefully and with interest. Once your fears have been established we are very confident that with our advanced, calming sedation techniques we can relieve your fears and help you to benefit from high quality dental care.

At Cudworth Sedation Centre we are passionate about family dental care and prevention of disease. We are determined to ensure that we offer you the best advice on how to look after your mouth and keep future treatment to a minimum. Remember, prevention is better than the cure!

So relax, allow us to ease your worries and let our caring team look after you.

What conscious sedation techniques do we use?

At Cudworth Dental Surgery we use three types of conscious sedation techniques. Intravenous sedation, inhalation sedation and oral sedation. The type of sedation we use for each patient can differ depending on their suitability. This can vary with age, medical history and how well we feel the patient would cope with dental treatment.

Intravenous sedation (IV)

Intravenous sedation is a technique in which a sedative is administered through a cannula placed usually in your arm or hand. The sedative we use is Midazolam, which belongs to a family of drugs called Benzodiazepines. The use of the drug produces a state of deep relaxation, but during which verbal contact is maintained throughout. Following the treatment, it is likely that you will not recall any, or parts of the procedure.

Inhalation sedation (Gas & Air)

Inhalation sedation is a form of light sedation, in which we use a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen administered through a mask placed over the nose. This helps you to feel relaxed and be more accepting of treatment. This is a great method to enable children to feel more relaxed in a dental environment where they are more likely to co-operate for dental treatment. It can be also be very effective for patients with a strong gag reflex. Inhalation sedation is more commonly known as ‘gas and air’.

Oral sedation

Oral sedation is a medication prescribed by your dentist prior to your dental treatment. The medication, usually a type of Benzodiazepine, is taken orally prior to your appointment. The medication has a sedative effect which will make you feel more relaxed and accepting of treatment.

Who can benefit from conscious sedation?

• Patients who are very anxious about visiting the dentist
• Patients that dislike the noises or smells which accompany dental care
• Anyone who has a history of bad dental experiences previously
• Anyone who has difficulty going numb with normal injections
• Anyone with a strong gag reflex
• Anyone who is afraid of needles in the mouth
• Patients with sensitive teeth
• Patients receiving complex treatments or surgery
• Patients who have jaw joint troubles and cannot open their mouth for extended periods

Are there any reasons why conscious sedation techniques may not be used?

We can treat most patients with conscious sedation techniques, but there are some medical conditions that may deem a patient unsuitable. This will be determined and discussed with you at a consultation appointment.

How do I schedule an appointment for sedation?

There are two options for those thinking about having treatment under sedation. If you are currently registered with another dental practice, your dentist can write to us and refer you for the treatment that they deem necessary. Once we receive this referral, we will write to you and invite you for a sedation consultation, where we will carry out an examination and answer any questions you may have. At this time, we will review your medical history to confirm that you are eligible for treatment under sedation, and to discuss the best technique for you. If you are not registered with another practice, you can call our team and schedule an appointment. Please see our fee list for more information.

What happens at my sedation consultation?

At your consultation we will carry out a dental examination and a physical assessment, including taking your blood pressure, pulse, height and weight. This will determine whether you are suitable for treatment under sedation. We can then answer any questions you may have about your treatment and schedule an appointment.

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Telephone: 01226 710380

Sedation for Dentists

Which sedation techniques do we use?

At Cudworth Dental Surgery we use three types of conscious sedation techniques. Intravenous sedation, inhalation sedation and oral sedation. The type of sedation we use for each patient can differ depending on their suitability. This can vary with age, medical history and how well we feel the patient would cope with dental treatment.

Who can be referred For sedation?

There are two options when referring a patient for sedation. You can refer a patient through our NHS service or privately. We have a list of criteria to determine who is suitable for a sedation referral. You can find this list of criteria, (which you can download or print), at the bottom of this page.

How to refer:

Referrals to Cudworth Dental Surgery have never been simpler. Our referral forms are available to download via this website, (see below). Referrals can be emailed to Alternatively, you can post them to:

Cudworth Sedation Centre
260 Barnsley Road
S72 8SU

How our sedation referral service works

Once a referral has been received and processed, we will contact the patient to schedule a consultation at our surgery. At this appointment, we will complete an examination and confirm the treatment plan as requested by their general dental practitioner. We will also carry out a physical assessment to determine the patient’s suitability for sedation, this includes calculating their BMI, taking their blood pressure and pulse, and assessing their ASA grade. If for any reason, a patient is deemed unsuitable for sedation, we will inform the patient and send a letter to their referring dentist explaining this. Otherwise, we will schedule an appointment for the patient to return for treatment. Once the treatment has been completed we will refer the patient back to your care and write to inform you of the treatment carried out, any difficulties during treatment, or if the patient requires any further treatment or follow up appointments. We will also return any radiographs provided. Should you wish to discuss anything further please contact a member of our dental team on 01226 710380.


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