Many people suffer from fear and anxiety at the thought of going to the dentist, this can be so severe it can cause dental phobia in many patients. This may cause a negative impact on your dental health, especially if you haven't had your teeth checked in a number of years. If this is the case, we would like to reassure you that we have seen countless nervous patients come to our practice with this problem and we are here to help. The first step is making the decision that you want to try to overcome this fear.
Here at Stag Lane dental, you will be treated with the utmost consideration and made to feel as comfortable as possible and listed to your needs and worries, as well as look after your oral health. We will answer any questions that you have, and discuss treatments with you so that you fully understand what will happen to make the dental experience less stressful.
We understand that some patients are more nervous than others and for that reason we offer intravenous sedation and oral sedation. Oral sedation is a form of anxiety control, which makes treatment more pleasant for our patients.We will prescribe a sleeping tablet that is to be taken the night before and one hour before treatment. This will help you to be relaxed relieving the tension and anxiety during the procedure.
Alternatively, We can also offer intravenous (IV) sedation which is administered by a medical anaesthetist. The sedative drugs used in dentistry are variants of valium. IV sedation is usually a drug called Midazolam and is given by injection, either in the back of your hand or in your arm. The dose will depend on the amount of treatment needed and the length of time it will take to complete.
How will IV sedation in the surgery affect me ?
You become drowsy and unaware of any treatment, but you are still able to co-operate with the dentist. The effects of sedative medicine take some time to wear off and your dentist will tell you how long the drugs will take to clear from your body. You should not drink alcohol, drive or work machinery for a period of 24 hours after the surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’m so nervous about visiting my dentist that I really feel that I can not go through with it. What should I do?
The worst thing that you could do would be to just stop visiting your dentist, as this can lead to severe oral health problems and result in lengthy and potentially painful and expensive surgery. Try visiting your dentist beforehand to talk to them about your procedure and to get a feel for the dental surgery.
Im convinced that when I go to the dentist I will have to undergo a procedure that will be painful. Is there anything that can be done to make it less painfull?
First of all, not all dental procedures are painful. Many people consider injections to the gums to be the most painful part of visiting the dentist, thankfully there are alternatives such as sedation which can take away the pain, as well as modern advances in dentistry such as the wand which is used for administering painless injections to the gums.
I am anxious about an upcoming trip to the dentist. What can I do to help prepare myself for treatment?
There are many things that you can do to help prepare yourself about an upcoming visit to the dentist. You should try visiting your dentist before your appointment so that you can ask your dentist detailed questions about the procedure which you are going to undergo. Your dentist should tell you step by step what will happen during the procedure, and will be more than happy to help you. Also, during these visits you can get a feel for the dental surgery and its environment to help prepare yourself for your treatment.