How Much Does it Cost To Be Put To Sleep At The Dentist?

Prices For Being Put to Sleep At The Dentist

If you’re a particularly phobic or anxious patient, you would, by now, have heard of or explored conscious sedation, which is not as heavy or dangerous as being put to sleep but rather keeps you conscious but in a happy, relaxed, sedated state.

Now, the treatment, which is growing in popularity, is practically available in practices around the country. It helps anyone scared or nervous about visiting the dentist get the treatments they need to improve their dentition, oral health, and quality of life.

Not a standard, universal price

So, whatever your reason for fear of the dentist, conscious sedation is the key to getting through it without being put under or going to the hospital for treatment. But it comes at a cost, and it’s not usually one set fee.

In UK dental practices, conscious sedation is typically charged by the hour. So, the longer the procedure needed to fix your teeth, the more you’ll pay for sedation.

For example, if you were to have a single dental implant placed to replace a missing tooth, which typically takes an hour, you’d need one hour of sedation. So, if you had a complex dental problem that required you to be sedated for several hours, then the cost of your sedation could be a bit more than you initially expected.

How long do typical procedures with sedation take

  • Single implant: 1 hour
  • Full mouth implants: 4-8 hours
  • Simple extraction: 1 hour
  • Complex extraction: 2-4 hours
  • Root canal: 30 minutes – 1 hour
  • Complex root canal: Up to 3 hours
  • Wisdom teeth removal: 1 hour
  • Multiple restorations: 1-2 hours
  • Full mouth of veneers: Up to 8 hours

How much does dental sedation cost?

Costs for “sleep dentistry” or IV sedation are £400 per hour. This means that if you have a four-hour surgery, you’ll have a final bill of £1,600, which does not include the cost of your treatment. Other cheaper forms of sedation exist, like oral sedation (provided in pill form), which costs around £100, or inhalation sedation (nitrous oxide/laughing gas), which can cost around £200 per hour.

Is conscious sedation available via the NHS?

As a nervous patient, you’d hope that the NHS would cover the cost of your sedation. However, like any NHS dental coverage, the dentist must deem that sedation is necessary and that all other methods have been exhausted. This means you might be offered some other type of sedation, like oral, which is cheaper.

“All dental care must provide a needs assessment and treatment plan for each individual patient. This will include consideration of a range of behavioural (eg tell-show-do, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, neuro-linguistic programming, hypnosis) and pharmacological options to offer the most appropriate treatment at each visit. It is important that sedation is regarded as part of a package of services that enable patients to access care. The package should not be sequential in nature but considered as a whole, and the patient offered the most appropriate technique for their current treatment needs.” –

That said, sedation is often only accessible via a referral basis and typically limited to treatments like tooth extractions – and as the NHS does not cover treatments like dental implants, sedation would not be offered for this either. Plus, this would rely on the fact that you’re currently registered as an NHS patient with a practice and can currently get an appointment.

Scared you won’t be able to afford sedation for your treatment?

Like with any private dental treatment, you can finance it. So, if you’re concerned about lots of upfront costs you’ll have to pay straight away; you can take a breath and relax knowing that you have the option to finance your treatment, including the sedation, over 24 months at 0% (we’re one of few clinics who offer 0% interest over 24 months).