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Oral sedation

  • Thread starter Nervouspatient1
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Junior member
Feb 5, 2022
London UK
Is a dentist who is isn’t trained in sedation able to give you diazepam or similar to take the edge of having treatment in the UK? Really don’t want sedation but it would be nice to be a bit more relaxed !
@Gordon thanks for letting me know much appreciated
Apparently, it has become more difficult for dentists in England to prescribe oral sedatives, @drhirst wrote a post about this a couple of years ago:

If you're just looking for a minimal dose as a premedication, it should be possible though (I would have thought) :) . Let us know what they say!

There's some more information on premedication and oral sedation here:

The current situaiton is that any dentist can give a very low dose if it is classified as premedication. Once the dose is high enough to be classified as sedation, then it can only be prescribed by a dentist who is fully trained and experienced in intravenous sedation. The regulations regarding this changed a few years back.
This has put off a lot of non-sedation trained dentists, which is the majority of dentists, from even prescribing premed levels.
Once again, an example of over regulation making things more difficult and expensive of uk patients.