Sedation dentistry For Nervous Dental Patients at Clifton Dental Studio
Here at Clifton Dental Studio, we offer a range of options for nervous dental patients to make your treatment more comfortable and *pain free!
The majority of our dental team are qualified to deliver relative analgesia (RA Sedation). RA Sedation, sometimes called inhalation sedation helps you to relax and makes your dental experience less stressful.
We also receive regular referrals from other dentists in the area who do not offer any sedation treatments.
Here’s practice owner Neil to explain what we can do for you to help you overcome your fear and anxiety and allow us to transform or maintain your smile.
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Sedation through inhalation is suitable for mild to moderate/severe anxiety in both adults and children.
This technique involves the administration of “Gas” through a small mask fitted over the nose. Within just a few minutes you will start to experience a euphoric feeling while feeling quite comfortable at the thought of treatment.
This is a very safe technique which also possesses the added bonus of offering pain relief and therefore reduces or eliminates the need for local anaesthetic, for example to manage sensitivity during hygiene treatments.
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IV sedation (conscious sedation)
IV sedation is a very effective and safe way of treating those with moderate to severe anxiety and even phobia. Treatment of anxiety in this way is so effective that it has replaced the use of general anaesthetic in general practice. In fact it is so effective that virtually anyone can be helped.
What does IV sedation involve?
This technique involves the use of a small cannula (needle) placed in the back of the hand or the arm through which a sedative is administered prior to treatment.
As a patient you are conscious for the entire procedure, but don’t let this put you off. You will experience an extremely relaxed state, to the point of drowsiness. Many patients are more than happy to take a nap during treatment. IV sedation is not intended to put you to sleep or make you unconscious like a general anaesthetic, you just feel so relaxed and oblivious to your surroundings that you are happy to doze off. Because of this time passes in what appears to be minutes, even when undertaking many hours of treatment.
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Oral sedation can be a very effective way of reducing anxiety. It is most suited to those with mild to moderate anxiety (those patients who force themselves to visit the dentist, but feel anxious and uncomfortable the entire time).
This technique involves the patient swallowing a drug, normally 30 to 60 minutes before the start of dental treatment to induce a relaxed state. As a patient you are conscious and still aware of what is going on around you, but feel more relaxed and better able to cope. For many the sensation is like that of being a little tipsy following a good bottle of wine, but without the hangover!
Desensitisation techniques work well for those who experience mild to moderate anxiety.
Many of our anxieties develop through a learned association between a particular situation and an object or stimulus. For example, we learn from a young age that an injection is associated with pain.
Desensitisation therapy aims to restore a patient’s confidence and trust by teaching or reinforcing a new positive experience. For example; if a patient undertakes a number of treatments requiring dental anaesthetic and the patient feels no pain from each injection, the patient will not only start to trust the dentist resulting in less anxiety, but the link between the painful injection and visit to the dentist is softened or even broken. The patient is desensitised to the previous negative experience.
These techniques may be used independently or in conjunction with hypnotherapy and CBT for those who experience a greater level of anxiety.
If you have finally summoned up the courage to tackle your fear of the dentist, then one or a combination of these treatments will enable you to achieve the healthy smile you have always dreamed of. Additional information and help is available from a number of sources, including books, such as ‘There Is No Perfect Dentist’, available to purchase online now at Amazon, or directly from Clifton Dental Studio.
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A range of options are now available at the Clifton Dental Studio to help even the most fearful individuals undergo treatment. From our desensitisation treatments to our sedation service, we guarantee complete comfort during your entire visit.
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Give us a call today, or pop your details into the form for a no obligation consultation with a smile advisor. Its a stress free appointment, away from the dentists chair, which allows you to find out more about our practice and our *pain free treatment options.