Dental Sedation for nervous patients in Reading

We are aware that many people are so frightened of the dentist that they avoid dental treatment altogether. That shouldn’t be the way. Here at Woodborough House Dental Practice in Reading, Berkshire, we are sympathetic in recognising that many patients experience real anxiety. We offer a number of approaches to help you overcome your fear of the dentist so that we can give you the healthy smile you deserve. 

One of the most important parts of our job is to ensure that we listen to you carefully and understand your needs and concerns. We are very experienced in treating nervous patients and feel that this is one of the most important elements in solving your dental phobia. We also offer sedation dentistry for patients who are particularly nervous. Although we attract patients from Reading and Berkshire for cosmetic dentistry our nervous patients travel across the length of the country due to our caring and friendly approach in helping people overcome their fears of the dentist.

What is Sedation?

Dentists use sedation to ensure that patients are at their most relaxed during dental procedures. Levels of sedation can range from minimal, a state of simple relaxation, to deep in which the patient is on the edge of sleep but still easily awakened. Most patients say that they end up in a relaxed dream-like state.

What Happens During the Appointment?

When you first arrive at the clinic, you’ll be greeted by our friendly and understanding team who will listen to your concerns about sitting in the dentist chair. When it’s time for your appointment, a sedative drug is administered to make you feel relaxed and less anxious. 

Here at Woodborough House in Reading, we can also use our latest device, The Wand, to administer pain-free injections. That means you won’t have to feel uneasy at the sight of a needle. What’s more, thanks to the clever design, there’s no sharp sting at the beginning of the injection. 

The sedative drug takes effect almost immediately. Your treatment will then take place, all while you’re still under the anaesthetic. The dose will be controlled and monitored constantly by our team, so the level of sedation will be just enough for the treatment. 

Once your treatment is done, you’ll slowly come back around. You’ll be able to get up and walk out of the treatment room after treatment, but it is recommended that you bring a friend or family member to accompany you while the drug fully wears off.

Is Sedation for Me?

Sedation is a great tool for those who suffer from dental phobia and are anxious about dental interventions. Similarly, those who have a low pain threshold, sensitive gag reflex and those undergoing extensive treatment will also benefit from sedation in the chair.

A full health assessment will be undertaken to ensure that we are comfortable administering sedation to patients as certain medical conditions may exclude the use of certain types of sedative or technique.

Who is Qualified to Administer Sedation?

All of our dentists who provide sedation are SAAD (Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry) qualified and they and our nursing staff regularly attend training to ensure that they are always up-to-date on emerging techniques.

Dental Sedation at Woodborough House in Reading

We’ve got years of experience in helping nervous patients with their dental anxiety. So, if you’re nervous or anxious about coming to the dentist, please get in touch with our friendly team based in Reading, Berkshire, who will be happy to help. Our goal is to make you feel as comfortable as possible during your dental treatment.

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Dental phobia certified

Dr Sarah Fitzharris is a Dental Phobia Certified Dentist


Sedation is administered across a range of options from


Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen are combined (gas and air) and administered through a mask. This tends to wear off quite quickly.


This can be administered as a pill or liquid, usually an hour prior to treatment, and can be used to bring about mild to moderate sedation depending on dosage.


IV administered sedation is used to encourage moderate sedation in patients and is controlled by the trained dentist throughout any procedures. It is administered by needle into the hand or arm.

General Anaesthesia

This option can only be provided for dental treatment in a hospital setting. A GA is administered a qualified anaesthetist putting the patient into a controlled state of unconsciousness. In the past, it was possible to provide a GA in a dental practice however it is now no longer legal to do so.

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