Do You Feel Anxious About Seeing Your Dentist?
If the answer is “Yes” then we can help
Here is a special interview with our sedation dentist, Deepak. He talks about the sedation process at Confidental and how he can help you to overcome your dental fears and anxiety.
Some people are so frightened of the dentist that they avoid dental treatment altogether but we are sympathetic in recognising that some patients experience real anxiety, Confidental have developed new techniques and approaches to help.
Modern dentistry is very customer focused and as such, a range of sedation and relaxation techniques have been developed to help anxious patients overcome their fears.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Dental sedation or more specifically intra-venous sedation involves the use of a sedation drug, which will relax you and relieve any anxiety you may have about your treatment. In addition to this it will, in the majority of cases, help you forget your treatment appointment.
It is, therefore, important you understand what is involved in the sedation, what treatment is proposed and what you need to do afterwards because explanations given on the day of treatment will probably be forgotten
How does IV sedation affect me?
Whilst IV sedation will make you drowsy and unaware of the treatment you are undergoing, you will remain lucid enough to communicate and cooperate with the dental team.
The effects of the sedative will take time to wear off and you won’t be able to drink alcohol, drive or work machinery during this time so it is important that someone can help you home after treatment and keep a careful eye on you for sometime afterwards. Your dentist will tell you how long it will be before the drugs are completely clear from your body.
What is the process?
A sedative drugs is administered through a special tube which is attached to your arm/hand. The sedation drug will make you relaxed and sleepy. We wait until the level of sedation is sufficient
to carry out treatment. No treatment will be carried out until this is achieved.
You will remain conscious throughout the visit and will be able to talk to the dentist, although some patients are so relaxed they actually fall asleep! You will be monitored during the procedure. On completion the tube will be removed and you will wait at the practice until we feel you are suitable to leave.
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What else can help?
You can be helped to feel relaxed by ‘relative analgesia’ sometimes known as inhalation sedation. This means breathing in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen (‘laughing gas’) which quickly leads to a pleasant, relaxed feeling. At the same time, your dentist puts you at ease through calming speech.
Although you may feel a little drowsy, you remain conscious throughout but any treatment given causes you no discomfort. You breathe in the mixture through a nose-piece which is very comfortable. You can’t overdose on the gas as the mixture quickly leaves your body if you breathe in one or two breaths of ordinary air.
There are no after-effects and you are able to drive a car about 15 minutes later. Many dentists use this safe and effective technique.
Will I ever feel differently about visiting the dentist?
It is highly likely! As you get to know and trust your dentist, hygienist and other members of the dental team at your practice, your fears will dampen. In time you will come to see your regular visit to the dentist as just another part of your normal life.