Anxiety can be a major barrier for many patients, meaning that they cannot go through with dental treatment, especially lengthy and invasive procedures.

In 2018, we brought in-house sedation services to Sharrow Dental for nervous patients or for patients with a severe gag reflex. This has meant that we are able to offer the full range of treatment to our patients who might never have dreamed it possible.

What Is Conscious Sedation?

Conscious sedation is a technique where a drug is used to relax patients to a point where treatment can be carried out comfortably, without pain and completely stress-free. Throughout the procedure you will still be awake, and the dentist will be able to chat to you, which makes the technique very safe. The recovery period following sedation is very short to help minimise time off work and so that treatment can fit in around busy lives.

What Treatments Are Available?

There are a number of conscious sedation treatments available that your dentist can advise you on, including:

  • Local anaesthesia
  • Gas and air
  • Intravenous sedation
  • Intranasal conscious sedation
  • Oral sedation

What Are the Benefits of Conscious Sedation?

Conscious sedation will help you to cope with dental treatment and lower your anxiety. Even people who do not feel anxious about dental treatments choose to have conscious sedation for uncomfortable procedures such as extractions (having teeth removed) to make the process more manageable.

Contact Sharrow Dental Today

If you have a treatment in the diary but you are nervous to go ahead with it, then we would encourage you to consider asking your dentist about this option. For more information, please call us on 01245 354046.

Our general dental services include the following services:


Why does my mouth feel dry?

Dry mouth can be a symptom of many different problems and can happen as you get older. Quite often it is a side effect of medication – especially heart, blood pressure and depression tablets.

If you have a dry mouth, this can be very uncomfortable and it can make eating certain foods very difficult.

Many prescription medicines can cause a dry mouth, if you are taking any regular medication from your doctor, it may be worth discussing these symptoms with him to see if there is an alternative that does not have the same side effects.

If you think that you are suffering with a dry mouth, you should discuss this with your dental team. They may recommend one of the many products that are available over-the-counter to help to alleviate this problem.

Generally any discomfort after an extraction does not last for long and can easily be controlled by the painkillers you would normally take for a headache. If it lasts any longer than 24 hours you should go back to your dental team for advice.

Sometimes pain may occur 2-4 days after the extraction when a blood clot has not formed properly in the extraction socket and the bone becomes infected – something called a ‘dry socket’. You will need to go back to your dentist, who will dress the socket for you.

As with many other NHS services, the dentist doesn’t know what conditions will be presented until the patient arrives. Sometimes this means that we have to spend considerably longer relieving pain and carrying out the treatment plan than we had envisaged.

Also, we do give priority for emergency treatment to children and patients in severe pain. We always try to squeeze them in, promptly, even if we don’t have the appointments in our diary.

Sadly, there is no shortcut. No patient wants to be asked to vacate the chair “after 15 minutes” with the treatment incomplete. We apologise in advance for any delays and we will try to keep you informed of any late-running of the service as best we can.

We appreciate that there is only limited onsite parking at the practice. We have recently invested in staff parking elsewhere to free up some spaces for patients of the practice. Alternatively, street parking is available with some exclusions that apply locally between 9am – 11am.

Liv Rutland

Chelmsford, Essex

Sorry it has taken me this long to write a review but I just want to thank Ian so much for my teeth. I had a brace put on and I was quite nervous throughout the whole procedure as I don’t feel totally comfortable whenever I go to the dentist, however Ian was always so professional and confident that I knew I was in safe hands. He is also very honest so you know what result you can achieve and what you can’t which I think is really important. I am so pleased with my teeth now the brace is off and I would 100% recommend!! thank you Ian & Sharrow.

Emini Jaggan

Chelmsford, Essex

Sharrow has been very warm and welcoming – good services all round. Mr Clough has been very meticulous in his treatment – very patient. Taking his time with everything he has done. I have recommended several people to his clinic and I hope they take my advice. Happy and comfortable with the service and my mouth is back to normal! So far so good! Thank you

Roger Watling

Chelmsford, Essex

Truly great dentist, it’s no accident that my family, my daughter’s husband and now his family now go there. Having had bad experiences in my early life , I’m so glad I found them and can only deduce that they only take on dentist who are a. fantastic at their job, b. very empathetic to those who have had bad experiences.

Abbie Crabtree

Chelmsford, Essex

I’m a very nervous patient. I’m absolutely petrified of dentists but this one I feel so comfortable at. They are absolutely amazing with me and I’d recommend to anyone who’s also nervous this is the surgery for you. Everyone is so lovely and welcoming. Thank you so much sharrows. 10/10 x

Bernie Dawson

Chelmsford, Essex

Absolutely wonderful service!

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