Dr. Nico Van Vuuren
At Gentle Dental Putney, we are the dentists with a difference. Part of that difference is our commitment to bringing oral health and attractive smiles to all patients – even those who may be fearful of dental care. We now work in partnership with Sedation Solutions LLP, and Dr. Sonia George of Regent Anaesthetic Practice. Both are leading UK providers of sedation for dental professionals. Their specialists focus on administering safe and effective clinical sedation, freeing up our dentists to perform restorative and cosmetic dental treatments. With sedation dentistry, Putney area patients can relax
and get the dental care they need.
In addition to the services of Sedation Solutions and Regent Anaesthetic Practice, we utilize the expertise of Dr. Nico Van Vuuren. He has background as a general practitioner, and specialized training as a Dental Anesthetist, including a Master's Degree in sedation. His experience includes safe sedation techniques for children.
Uses for sedation dentistry
The primary purpose of dentistry under sedation is to calm patients who would otherwise forego dental care because of anxiety. Simply knowing that we offer the option of sedation allows these patients to take the first important step toward improved oral health by calling Gentle Dental Putney. Other situations where sedation may be appropriate include:
- Patients with an unusually active gag reflex
- Those who are unable to sit comfortably for the duration of a dental appointment due to physical or cognitive limitations.
- Anyone who requires an extensive dental treatment, or multiple procedures. With sedation, we are usually able to complete the process in one visit, saving time and travel.
Types of sedation dentistry provided
Partnering with Regent Anaesthetic Practice, Sedation Solutions, and Dr. Van Vuuren, allows us to provide personalized sedation options for the needs of the patient.
Oral sedation is a pill the patient takes about a half hour prior to a dental appointment. The patient remains conscious, able to speak, walk, and breathe naturally. However, he or she is emotionally and physically calm. This level of relaxation allows the dentist to complete treatment efficiently. It results in minimal stress to the patient's jaw joint, and promotes faster healing
. Patients who choose oral sedation need to arrange for someone to drive them to their appointment and home afterward, as they will feel groggy.
Intravenous sedation is an anti-anxiety drug administered into the blood stream through a needle in the patient's arm vein. With this deep stage of sedation, and the patient typically has little or no memory of the entire appointment
. The sedation specialist carefully monitors the patient's vital signs and welfare throughout treatment. Again, a driver is necessary.
Call Gentle Dental Putney at 020 3868 4647 or use our convenient online scheduling to arrange an appointment with one of our dentists. They will be happy to tell you more about the safety and effectiveness of sedation dentistry administered by Sedation Solutions, Regent Anaesthetic Practice, or Dr. Van Vuuren.