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Chilcote Surgery

Hampton Avenue, St. Marychurch, Torquay, TQ1 3LA

Telephone: 01803 316333

chilcote.surgery@nhs.net

We're open

104 Chatto Road, Torquay, TQ1 4HY

Sedation for Dental Appointments

Benzodiazepines (including diazepam, lorazepam, temazepam, clonazepam) are medicines that have been in use since the 1960s for a wide range of conditions, such as alcohol withdrawal, epilepsy, and muscle spasms. They are strongly sedating drugs that have negative effects on memory, coordination, concentration, and reaction times. They are addictive and withdrawal can lead to seizures, hallucinations, agitation, and confusion. 

Unfortunately, benzodiazepines have widely become drugs of abuse, and as a result they are controlled in the UK as Class C, Schedule 4 drugs. This means there are restrictions on when and how much can be prescribed under the Controlled Substances Act, and inappropriate use, supply or possession of these medications is illegal in the UK under the Misuse of Drugs Act. 

 

The Intercollegiate Advisory Committee for Sedation in Dentistry has  guideline (https://www.saad.org.uk/IACSD%202020.pdf) which states “The monitoring and discharge requirements for oral sedation are the same as for intravenous sedation. Oral sedation must only be administered in the place where the dental treatment is provided and must only be carried out by practitioners who are already competent in intravenous sedation.” 

As a result, responsibility for this type of treatment lies with your dentist or hospital staff, and not your GP. If you feel this is required, we suggest consulting with your dentist or the hospital teams in good time before any scans or treatments occur. 

Opening Times

  • Monday
    08:00am to 06:00pm
    Phone lines open at 8am
  • Tuesday
    07:30am to 06:00pm
    Phone lines open at 8am
  • Wednesday
    07:30am to 06:00pm
    Phone lines open at 8am
  • Thursday
    07:30am to 06:00pm
    Phone lines open at 8am
  • Friday
    07:30am to 06:00pm
    Phone lines open at 8am
  • Saturday
    CLOSED
  • Sunday
    CLOSED
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