I’m nervous about visiting the dentist. How can you help me with my fear?
Few people like going to the dentist, but for some it can become a crippling fear that has a major impact on their life. It might prevent people from getting the dental treatment they need, causing long-term damage to oral health and unnecessary pain. If this sounds like you, we can help. We have worked with patients who are so afraid they haven’t been able to set foot in a dental practice for years. Our whole ethos is about making you feel comfortable and ensuring you can visit the dentist without any pain. That’s our promise to you.
Is there anything that can help me with my fear of the dentist?
First of all, we listen. Some people are scared of going to the dentist because they find the whole experience stressful. We take the time to talk to you, to understand what it is that you’re worried about and to address your concerns directly. All our dentists are used to meeting nervous patients and will do everything they can to help. Plus, we’re highly qualified so we can carry out treatments to the highest standard, making sure you aren’t in pain.
Our practices are designed to help our patients feel at ease, and as comfortable as possible. We have all the latest dental equipment to make treatment quicker and less arduous. For example, we can use scanners instead of taking impressions, meaning you don’t have to bite down on uncomfortable moulds that can cause gagging. If you don’t want to wait around for treatment, which can build up the fear in your mind, we can carry out many treatments on the same day. We offer a same-day teeth service where we can make and fit crowns in a couple of hours or replace loose and damaged teeth with implants in just one sitting.
We also have televisions in the ceiling, giving you something else to focus on. For some patients, the anticipation is worse than the actual treatment or dental examination, so we do what we can to take your mind off it. We can also play children’s programmes for our nervous younger patients.
We offer intravenous, or IV, sedation if you are feeling worried about your dental appointment. 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.
If you want IV sedation for any reason, we can also discuss oral sedation with you. This can also help calm your nerves and make you feel more relaxed.
How will 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 won’t be able to drink alcohol, drive or work machinery during this time.
Relaxation ahead of an appointment
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 levels. 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 techniques helps control our anxiety. We will be happy to discuss relaxation with you and help you find the best relaxation methods and techniques.