It is quite normal, and more common than you might think, to be nervous about visiting the dentist. Fear of the unknown, the sound of the dentist’s drill or stress about possible pain can all contribute to feelings of anxiety before a dental appointment, but we are here to reassure you. There really is nothing to worry about because we offer a calming, relaxing and friendly environment where we welcome all patients, especially anxious ones. As sedation dentists, we are also experienced and skilled in delivering intravenous sedation to patients who are particularly nervous and need a little help to get through treatment.
What do sedation dentists do?
If you are anxious about sitting in the dentist’s chair, or having treatment, even if it is just for a scale and polish, our sedation dentists can help. We use sedation techniques to put you into a deeply relaxed state, where you are still conscious of everything that is happening and can communicate with us, but won’t feel any discomfort or pain. The sedative can either be administered through IV - where it is injected into your vein, or orally administered - where you breathe in gas from a mask placed over your nose and mouth.
Whatever the sedation and whatever the treatment, we’ll make sure that you are fully recovered from the effects of sedation before allowing you to go home. You won’t be able to drive for 24 hours, so it is recommended that you bring someone with you or arrange for a lift to get you home after treatment.
Who is dental sedation suitable for?
Dental sedation is a gentle anaesthetic technique that can be used for people of all ages who may be experiencing one or more of the following:
- Dental phobia
- Fear of needles
- Fear of pain
- Bad previous experience at a dental practice
- Fear of losing control
Sedation is particularly useful for patients with dental phobia or anxiety, as it can help them feel more at ease and avoid the stress associated with dental treatments. Additionally, dental sedation can help patients who have difficulty sitting still or have a low pain threshold, making dental procedures more tolerable and successful.
The benefits of dental sedation
Dental sedation can offer numerous benefits to patients, including:
- Reducing anxiety and stress associated with dental procedures
- Alleviating pain and discomfort during treatments
- Helping individuals with dental phobia or anxiety feel more relaxed and at ease
- Making dental procedures more tolerable and less traumatic
- Allowing patients with difficulty sitting still to undergo treatments successfully
If you are looking for a sedation dentist to help get you through a dental procedure, contact Riverside Dental Spa today on 020 7091 0677 to find out more and book an appointment.