Phobic and Nervous Patients
At Rock House Dental Practice, we provide sedation for phobic and nervous patients.
We get asked all the time if there is there anything that can help with my fear of the dentist?
The short answer is absolutely, Yes. Some people are so frightened of the dentist that they will not go for dental treatments at all and that only leads to dental healthcare complications.
Some overcome their fears with relaxation or sedation however most do not. At Rock Dental our dental nurses & qualified dentists are sympathetic about these feelings and will do absolutely everything in their power to creatively enable you to embrace the support that you deserve. We will take the time to help you clearly understand your treatment options and will find a solution that will work for you. After all everyone is difference and that's why our treatments are bespoke and tailored just for you.
At Rock we offer pain free injections and we have two fantastic tools - 'The Wand' and 'Vibraject'. Check out our Pain Free Injections page to find out more!
What is sedation?
We offer an intravenous or IV sedation. Intravenous Conscious Sedation (“IV sedation”) is when a drug provided into the blood system during dental treatment. This 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. You will remain conscious during conscious IV sedation. You will also be able to understand and respond to requests from your dentist. However, you may not remember much about what went on.
Patients tell us that IV sedation is a wonderful feeling. They feel rested and peaceful. They are able to keep their anxiety in control and often experience a light floating feeling.
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 won’t be able to drink alcohol, drive or work machinery during this time.
How does relaxation work?
When we are faced with a challenge or something we’re afraid of, such as a visit to the dentist, our bodies produce substances, which raise our anxiety. However, we can train our bodies to work against this anxiety, by learning to relax. It’s not possible to be anxious and relaxed at the same time, so learning relaxation helps control our anxiety.
Will I be asleep?
No you will not be asleep during the procedure. “Sleep” only occurs in general anaesthesia, and this cannot be provided in the UK in a dental practice.
However, you will feel as though you have been asleep, as you will not remember what has been carried out.
IV sedation induces a state of deep relaxation and a feeling of not being bothered by what’s going on. The drugs used for IV sedation produce either partial or full memory loss (amnesia) for the period of time when the drug first kicks in until it wears off. As a result, time will appear to pass very quickly and you will not recall much of what happened. Many people remember nothing at all. So it may, indeed, appear as if you were “asleep” during the procedure.
Is dental sedation safe?
IV sedation is extremely safe when carried out under the supervision of a specially trained dentist.
However, contraindications include;
Known allergy to benzodiazepines
CNS depression, and
Some instances of glaucoma.
What are the main advantages of IV sedation?
IV sedation tends to be the method of choice if you don’t want to be aware of the procedure – you “don’t want to know”. The onset of action is very rapid, and drug dosage and level of sedation can be tailored to meet the individual’s needs.
The gag reflex is hugely diminished – people receiving IV sedation rarely experience difficulties with gagging.
To learn more about dental sedation for anxious patients please click here
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