What is Sedation?

Sedation uses medication to make you feel calm and relaxed. It is modern, safe, predictable and effective. It can enable particularly nervous or anxious patients or those having more complex treatment to complete their planned care whilst feeling more at ease.

At Arden House we offer oral and IV sedation. This information relates, although not exclusively, to IV sedation. IV sedation is also known as conscious sedation; for this, the drug midazolam is used, administered through a cannula. Patients remain awake and able to respond to verbal commands and communicate; however, they have an altered level of consciousness and may even forget parts of their treatment.

Who is suitable for Sedation?

All patients require a separate consultation with one of our specialists before having IV sedation to ensure it is safe and there is an opportunity to ask questions and understand the additional provisions required.

The majority of fit and well patients, ASA 1, are able to have sedation; following the indepth consultation we will safely make this decision, so please don’t worry if you’re not sure. We are only able to provide sedation for adults, over 18 years of age.

You’re Patients are in Safe Hands

Tom Lees, Specialist Oral Surgeon, administers all intravenous sedation at Arden House. We are delighted Tom has chosen to bring his skills and experience to Arden House.

He has extensive experience in providing IV sedation for over 10 years, he continues to be an integral part of post graduate sedation training and is lead dental sedationist for Gloucestershire NHS Trust. He has completed a post-graduate diploma in conscious sedation with distinction and is an approved mentor with the Sedation Training Accreditation Committee (Dental Faculties of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons and The Royal College of Anaesthetists). He is a member of the ‘Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry’ and follows the guidelines of good practice set out by this organisation.

What can Tom offer?

As a Specialist Oral Surgeon, Tom is able to marry his skills together and treat patients requiring oral surgery specialist treatment and sedation, alongside the support of suitably trained support staff.

If you are interested in dental sedation for an oral surgery procedure then Tom is the perfect person to refer to. If you let us know, we will insure Tom has sufficient time for the consultation to discuss both the surgical procedure and carry out the necessary checks for IV sedation.

Why Else Choose Arden House?

We have a free parking right outside our surgery and access to a downstairs surgery should patients not be able to manage the stairs.

At Arden House we also have our own CBCT machine. 3-Dimensional images can be taken to help reduce risks, aid diagnosis and plan treatment. We are happy to accept written referrals for patients needing CBCT images. You will receive a copy of the scan and a written report.

We also work closely with the Pathology department of the Gloucestershire NHS Trust in order to provide a histology service to aid diagnosis of any lesions of concern.

Referral Fees

Sedation Consultation £65
Sedation per session: £214
Oral Surgery Consultation £120
CBCT with report £200

We are open and clear about our fees. Please do get in touch if you would like a copy or further information about specific treatments and the fees involved. We will of course also keep you up to date with the progress of your patient every step of the way.

Make a Referral


Please book an appointment, or contact us either via our contact page or call us on 01242 808386.

Fellow professionals:

Please refer your patient to Arden House by letter or by using the referral form which can be downloaded from the link below. This can be completed electronically if preferred and emailed to reception@ardenhouse.co.uk or posted it to us at Arden House Dental, 232 London Road, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 6HW.

With any referral please also send any relevant radiographs or scans as you see appropriate.

You can book an appointment for you patient here or we will contact your patient, if we have not already heard from them, to arrange their consultation on receiving your referral. We will of course keep you informed of their progress.