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Sedation/Anxious Patients

Do you avoid going to the dentist because you are anxious? Have you had a bad experience in the past? We understand how you feel and are able to offer you conscious sedation to help you have the dental treatment required. Our highly skilled and experienced team will listen to concerns and discuss the best way forward for you.

Torrington Sedation Clinic has been treating anxious patients for over 11 years and receives referrals from dentists within the South West

What is conscious sedation?

For patients who are anxious about dental treatment then their treatment can be carried out with conscious sedation.

We offer treatment with either inhalation sedation or IV sedation. With both types of sedation you will feel relaxed and calm so that your treatment can be carried out.

Before you have any treatment we will see you for an assessment appointment so that you can get to know us, share your concerns with us, and so that we can decide the best type of treatment for you.


General Anaesthetic, or being put to sleep, is only available in a hospital setting. Conscious sedation is the best option for dental treatment without having to go to hospital.
Can I eat and drink before my appointment?

For most patients they can have a light meal a couple of hours before their treatment appointment but this will be discussed with you at your assessment appointment.

Yes, for both types of sedation you will need someone to drive you home, if you are having gas and air sedation then you should be able to carry on the rest of your day as normal, if you are having IV sedation you need someone with you for the 24 hours after your appointment.

You will discuss with your dentist the best type of sedation for your treatment at your assessment appointment but generally inhalation sedation is best for children’s, adults with complex medical conditions and needle phobic.

IV sedation is best for adults requiring complex dental treatment.

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Mr Mills was kind, pleasant and reassuring, and explained everything to me, so that I knew what was going on every inch of the way. I can’t recommend him and his implant team highly enough.
Super helpful, friendly, clean, efficient and brilliant at informing us of procedures & treatment. We never feel rushed or have to wait too long. They have made the dentist experience a positive one for our children – who are always excited to go!
I would rate this dentist 1000 stars if I could! Everyone there is so friendly and smiley! I had my teeth done by John Cato and Paula and what can I say. Both of them made me feel so relaxed even though I normally hate the dentist they have made this all change! I couldn’t thank them both enough.
Ms P
It’s nearly two months since my treatment for an implanted bridge concluded and I could not be more pleased. The treatment was excellent, the care by Ian Mills and his team was superb and the teeth look fantastic.
Rhys Gabe is an incredible guy. After 30 odd years of avoiding the dentist through fear I actually now enjoy going thanks to this man. I cannot recommend him highly enough to nervous and anxious patients.