Conscious Sedation


We appreciate how difficult it can be taking the first steps in tackling dental fears and phobias. Smylife prides itself on making the whole process and experience as easy as possible.

We look forward to helping you achieve your goals of overcoming your fears and being able to have any treatment that you want and need to become pain-free, able to eat, and smile with confidence.

Our approach is to always focus on the positives and look forward to what can be done to improve your dental situation. We have a huge amount of respect for every single person who visits the clinic to discuss how their fears can be overcome. We understand that trust must be earned, and look forward to working hard to prove to you that we are worthy of your trust. As you will read in some of the testimonials written by our patients, it can be surprisingly how quickly negative feelings can be overcome following your initial discussions with one of our caring dentists.

Conscious sedation is widely used as a means of reducing anxiety during dental procedures.

Verbal contact is maintained throughout the sedation and although with intravenous and oral sedation there is often some amnesia, the patient is always ‘conscious’. Intravenous (IV) sedation is a reliable and effective means of producing more profound sedation with a rapid onset of action. Midazolam is the most common drug used. IV sedation is ideal for longer or more difficult dental procedures e.g. extractions, or multiple restorations. Amnesia is quite common with IV sedation; however some patients are able to recall some of their treatment, allowing them to build positive memories and experiences of dental treatment.