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.
What do our patients think of their Clifton Dental Experience?
I’ve known Clifton Dental for many years. They have been fantastic from the very start. All my procedures big and small have been done with he upmost care and best of all “no pain”. I can’t rate them highly enough - we’ll done guys. Having had a dramatic experience with my previous dentist I moved to the Clifton Dental Studio 12 years ago. I can not praise the team highly enough. I have had a range of treatments (Dental Implant, Whitening, Crowns, Filling etc) and the final result has always exceeded my expectations. I always gets nice comments reference my smile and that is largely due to the work Neil and his team have done over the years. From the moment you walk in to the time you leave, the staff are welcoming, friendly and engaging. What is really good is that when you undergo treatment, they always takes the time to explain what they are doing, why they are doing it and never appear rushed. A special mention to Heather the Dental Hygienst. She is professional, always happy and has a lovely manner. Although visiting the dentist can be traumatic and stressful, she helps to put you at ease and makes the experience as enjoyable as it can be. In summary, I honestly believe I receive the best pain free dentistry in Bristol.
11:13 26 Sep 23
Just have to say how absolutely thrilled and delighted I am with the four front teeth veneers done by Neil in June. They look incredibly natural and have done so much for my confidence - I am no longer wary of smiling - in fact, I'm smiling all the time!!The added bonus was that, although it took a little time, the whole procedure was completely pain free, as promised. I cannot thank you enough and I will be travelling up from Cornwall again soon for my next routine appointment.Sandra Porter
14:39 01 Sep 23
I had a fear of going to the dentist from a previous bad experience. I researched Clifton dental studio and travelled 4 hours to see the team there. They did not disappoint and really did deliver on the pain free aspect of my treatment. As the results started to take place and after each successful pain free visit my confidence grew. I now have a perfect smile for my wedding and this is all down to the team at Clifton. They helped me achieve my desired smile in a tight time frame. I appreciated I had a choice of treatment options to decide from and I felt supported throughout this process and the full treatment journey after. I would recommend Clifton dental studio as it is a great place to receive treatment if you are nervous patient because they really do have your best interests at heart and take care of you.
18:38 23 Aug 23
I'll start this story back in October 2022.I had avoided the dentist for 15 years after developing a severe case of Dentophobia. To the point where I couldn't even talk about teeth or look at my own in the mirror in fear, I would see something terrible.However, I had a smile I wasn't overly happy with, and it had been a dream of mine to have a smile I was confident with before I got married in July 2023.Knowing I didn't have much time, I decided to book an online consultation with Clifton Dental after countless talks with my partner. Having a chat online, in the safe environment of my own home, without having to step foot in a dentist made this decision easy and I told myself "if I don't like it, I don't have to go". So I had my online chat and was told braces were probably the best option for me. I then hesitantly booked a "new patient" appointment with Neil for 2 months time, thinking I had plenty of time to overcome this phobia and seemed so far in the future I didn't need to worry.Soon enough, January rolled around and before I knew it, my appointment was with Neil the next day. I won't lie, I didn't sleep the night before. I was an anxious wreck. I didn't know how I'd even step foot into a dentist, let alone have someone look at my teeth. I spent all night worrying if all my teeth would need to be taken out, would I need dentures (I'm 30 yo) or how many root canals I'd need?Walking into Clifton Dental, you're greeted with a boutique feel I'd only experienced at an Aesthetics Clinic. From there, I was asked what I didn't like about my smile, and we came to the conclusion composite veneers would be the best option for me with my wedding a mere 7 months away. Then, Neil walked into the room and made me feel totally at ease as he conducted the first "examination" of my teeth and gums in 15 years. I was terrified.But I didn't need to be. Neil reassured me that my teeth were not as bad as I thought, only needing 2 fillings and a good ol' clean before we look at booking in for my veneers. I opted for the RA sedation for both my hygiene appointments and my filling session, as the thought of going through that without anything petrified me. But I knew I was making progress.My first sedation hygiene/filling appointment was with Charlotte (Lottie) and I cannot even begin to tell you how at ease she made me. Before I knew it, I was sinking into the chair and was the most relaxed I'd been in months. The 2 hour appointment was over in a flash, and all of a sudden I was sat up, rinsing and spitting and was simply speechless as how I'd...a. Just had 2 fillings without feeling ANY pain what-so-ever.b. Had just overcome a 15 year old fear of the dentist in 2 hours.c. How excited I was to come back for my next appointment.After another sedation/hygiene appointment with Charlotte, I was ready for my first veneer appointment with Neil.We took some time to look at the mockups of the veneers he had done during my first consultation with him, and I have never had so much faith in someone. I knew Neil was a master at his trade, and was so excited to have the smile I'd always dreamt of.4 hours later, I had a new smile. I was beaming from ear to ear, and even shed a tear when I looked in the mirror. How was all this possible with zero pain? Why had I not done this sooner? So many questions were whizzing through my head, but one thing was for sure, I was elated.Since then, I've had nothing but compliments on my smile. So many friends and family were worried I was going to end up with "Turkey Teeth", but they didn't need to worry, as my teeth look so natural, that they simply couldn't believe I'd had veneers and were astonished at how amazing they look.Words can't express how thankful I am for Charlotte & Neil and the team at Clifton Dental. In the space of 4 months, I overcame a 15 year phobia of the dentist and now have the smile I always wanted. I simply can't recommend enough and I'm already looking forward to going back for my next hygiene appointment, this time WITHOUT sedation.
15:47 22 Aug 23
I had a wonderful experience with Neil and the team at Clifton Dental Studio. I started with Invisalign to straighten my teeth and then had a direct composite veneer placed on one of my teeth due to the tooth being a different size than the one opposite. It was all pain free and I am so happy with my new smile.
15:57 03 May 22
WELL! I have had an amazing experience with Neil & the team at Clifton dental studio. I was born with a bone condition which made me have a lot of problems with my teeth, I have attended 5 different dentists which included 2 on Harley street but was eventually referred to Neil. I have never been with a dentist that took the time to research my medical situation and really help with what to do for the best and look at a total future plan into what my teeth needed medically an what I wanted cosmetically. They have made sure I am pain free and worked around my schedule so willingly. I never used to smile as I was conscious of my teeth being not what I wanted and I'm quite a way through my plan with Neil and currently have my temporary smile which I LOVE and can't wait for the permanent even better one! I've also opted to try a implant in a gap a the back of my mouth, again because of my bone condition Neil sourced a slight different material implant that would take to my bone better. so so happy so far.... can't wait for my final result 😀
16:19 13 Jan 22
I’ve been visiting Clifton Dental Studio for over 10 years now and cannot recommend their services enough. From amazing emergency care, to ongoing aftercare and check ups - all the staff are friendly faces that help make you smile that little bit more confidently!I originally went to Clifton Dental Studio in need of an implant for my front tooth - after being messed around by another dentist I had developed an infection in my jaw and ended up needing a bone graft alongside the implant. All my options were explained clearly and I felt well informed on the progress I could expect to see. I ended up opting for sedation for one of the larger operations which made the experience much smoother sailing and would recommend for anyone on the nervous side because I don’t remember a thing!The final result was a perfect match in terms of colour and size which has made such a difference to my confidence.I’ve since moved away from the area but still visit the clinic for regular hygiene appointments and check ups as I trust Neil and the team more than any other dentist. If I could give move than 5 stars I would!
10:06 31 Dec 20
Best dentist studio in Bristol! I phoned up on Monday morning because of a swollen gum and mild pain. Julie the receptionist was super helpful and I felt like she really listened to my problem and escalated it the clinician team. She phoned me back within an hour and got me booked in for an emergency appointment the following morning as from my symptoms they were worried it might have been something quite serious, which turned out to be.Rory the dentist quickly diagnosed the problem and offered me a solution on the same day! I was very scared but he made me feel at ease and answered all the questions that I had which really helped in accepting the treatment. In every step both him and nurse Jessica made me feel at ease and safe. I really felt taken care of from beginning to end. They delivered on their promise of pain free dental treatment and saved me from what could have easily evolved into a very nasty systemic infection. I felt so grateful for their help. I highly recommend this fantastic studio, they’ve got a great team who delivers great results!
14:02 23 Sep 20
We have chosen Clifton dental studio as is very close to us ,we literally live next door. We also have seen lots of positive reviews so that’s why we have chosen this dental practice. My partner had a tooth removal , Dr. Neil Gerrard has been very professional and very patiently assisted my partner. Before the treatment he was in pain as he had an infection , after the treatment he felt no pain at all. More confident with a fresher breath and the most important pain-free after his tooth been removed. We are looking forward for our next appointment as we are really pleased with our first experience with you. I would highly recommend Dr. Neil Gerrard and his practice as they are the best example of how a trip to the dentist should be. Do not hesitate to book in especially if you are in pain because the team and Dr. Neil work in the best way to treat you without any pain. Thanks a million Clifton Dental Studio!! 🙂
09:36 13 Jul 20
100% pain free!! Myself I have been nervous of going to the dentist since I was a child but felt at absolute ease with Neil and the team even the receptionists 100% credit to all of you. If there is anyone who is fearful of going to the dentist give Neil and the team a try you wont regret it. Thank you Neil for everything you have done for me and for giving me my faith in dentists back. I hope you all had a lovely christmas and a wonderful new year
13:48 26 Dec 19
5starsOh my God what can I say, lets start with telling you how amazing very professional they are. I was recommended by a friend to go and have a chat with them. From the minute I walked into the huge posh house in clifton I new just by the atmosphere it was the place for me. From the receptionists who go that extra mile to make you feel welcome to the sales team that were so understanding to my needs and were very respectful and passionate about what they could help me with. From the pain free treatment from the dental/hygienist nurses to Rory my dentist what can I say I owe you everything you have changed my life. After yrs of having unsightly teeth which has lead to no confidence. I feel like I’m on top of the world, these guys are amazing and would recommend 100% Thank you for restoring my faith in dentists and for helping me throughout my journey, they have given me so much more confidence life changing amounts, I can’t thank them enough.
23:23 11 Nov 19
Oh my God what can I say, lets start with telling you how amazing very professional they are. I was recommended by a friend to go and have a chat with them. From the minute I walked into the huge posh house in clifton I new just by the atmosphere it was the place for me. From the receptionists who go that extra mile to make you feel welcome to the sales team that were so understanding to my needs and were very respectful and passionate about what they could help me with. From the pain free treatment from the dental/hygienist nurses to Rory my dentist what can I say I owe you everything you have changed my life.After yrs of having unsightly teeth which has lead to no confidence and the odd mental health issue to Now,I feel like I’m on top of the world, these guys are amazing and would recommend 100%Thank you for restoring my faith in dentists and for helping me throughout my journey, they have given me so much more confidence life changing amounts, I can’t thank then enough.
23:15 11 Nov 19
Hygienist Sam was so gentle. First time I've actually enjoyed a trip to the Dentist!
15:27 07 Nov 19
Have had nothing but excellent service since coming to Clifton Dental Studio. From having my braces fitted to my hygienist appointments. Everything has been pain free and the customer care is second to none! So glad I found this place.
Stacey Jade Hair
23:41 19 Sep 19
I started my new teeth journey with Clifton dental studio back in January for a consultation , I knew straight away they were amazing they asked me what I was looking to achieve for my end result and showed me before and after pictures of what they could do before I even started treatment ! I felt comfortable at all times and they explained everything to me . Now if only I could show u before and after pictures . I had to crowns (front two teeth ) done at another cosmetic dental practice to straighten the two teeth only once they were done it looked worse than what I had before I was so upset never smiled after for the next 3 years they were different colour to my own teeth they were fitted wonky and my gums had gone black at the top and they were weird shape ! ☹️ anyway with a lot of saving and research we found Clifton dental studio who have changed my smile and my confidence for life !! It was completely pain free Neil spoke to me the whole way through checking if I was ok the whole team there was amazing !!! I have had 2 new crowns and 2 veneers to make my smile perfect also Neil has got rid of all the black on my gums and I have had them whitened to a natural look white not bright bright white and I love it it has made me confident to smile at anyone !! I have had so many compliments on my new teeth they look and feel amazing !!!! And I can’t thank everyone enough at Clifton dental studio from the receptionist who kept me informed with all my appointments to Neil’s team who all looked after me from x rays to moulds to hygiene and Neil for creating my new smile 😁😁😁😁😁 thank u jodie xxxx
12:16 27 Aug 19
I have been putting off going to the dentist for years because I have been so petrified! I saw Charlotte and she was absolutely brilliant and so patient with me. It really was pain free with how patient and kind she was - this has totally transformed the way I view dentists! Thank you Clifton Dental!
20:14 04 Aug 19
I am positively petrified of dentists and have a VERY low pain threshold! the thought of having a tooth removed filled me with fear. A couple of years ago I had a tooth removed under sedation my fear was that great!Dr Gerrard/Rory at Clifton Dental fitted my brace a few months ago and I was made aware at that stage two teeth would need to be removed in time to get the desired result. I dreaded this appointment and when the day came I nearly cancelled I was so nervous.Rory and the girls were AMAZING. They were all so kind and patient, Laura even held my hand! Rory was super gentle, didn't rush and explained everything.When Clifton Dental promise 'pain free' they really DO mean it! I didn't think it was possible but I really didn't feel a thing.I have another 19 months under the care of Rory & the Clifton Dental team, I can honestly say I look forward to my appointments.Incredibly professional, very caring and always a joy to visit. I was one of the most nervous people ever going to a dentist , so i did some research and found Clifton Dental Studio , it was the best decision i ever made i was put at ease made to feel welcome and i can honestly say there was no pain , would highly recommend. Elaine Stentaford.
20:04 15 Oct 18
*Pain Free Options For Nervous Patients
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.
Happy Air Can make Your Treatment More Comfortable
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.
Stress Free, Worry Free Sedation Dentistry For Children
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.
Not only do we promise to deliver pain free dentistry we also promise to never judge you!
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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.