NEROVUS PATIENTS NEED NOT WORRY!
We have treated numerous patients who are extremely nervous of dental treatment. Patients who are almost in tears just booking their appointment. Our team led by Seema has a relaxed and informal approach will help to put you at ease. No matter how anxious you feel, rest assured we have seen somebody more nervous and will do everything we can to help you overcome your fears.
If you are very nervous about treatment we can give you medication that puts you into a relaxed dream-like state before your treatment. We offer both oral and intravenous sedation using use Midazolam. Whilst you are under sedation your blood pressure, pulse, oxygen levels are all monitored.
Q -What is dental sedation?
Dental sedation is one of the relaxation techniques used by our dentist who SPECIALISES in calming patients before and during dental treatment through administering an oral or inhale sedative. Some patients totally avoid contacting a dentist even though they are in pain or ill health with their teeth or gums, because of dental phobia or even fears of being given an anaesthetic. Sedation is different from anaesthetic because the patient feels no pain while remaining conscious throughout the whole treatment. Dental sedation allows a patient to maintain a level of calm and control while visiting the dentist.
Q – Who needs dental sedation?
People needing dental treatment who fear visiting a dentist, or are anxious about dental procedures, or even scared by needles can be helped through sedation to relax and keep calm while consciously undergoing pain-free treatment. Others have conditions that make their teeth and mouth feel very sensitive to pain, so dental sedation can work for them too in reducing the sensitivity and pain. Certain health conditions and diseases can make it hard for some people to control their muscle movements or reflexes like gag, and for them, the sedative relaxes the body enough to comfortably endure dental treatment. Our resident dentists are open to discussing all forms of sedation with you and how they actually work so that you can feel peace of mind about your decision to sedate.
Q – What dental sedation options are there?
There are three main types of dental sedation used to relax patients for safe dental procedures. Depending on patient health and preference, the oral conscious, inhalation and intravenous (IV) options may be of benefit. The oral conscious sedative consists of an oral tranquiliser-type medicine prescribed to be taken the night before and the morning of dental treatment. At Aldridge Dental Practice, our dentists use Midazolam and Fentanyl for both oral and intravenous sedation, while monitoring the heart’s blood flow, oxygen and pulse. Besides these types of sedation, hypnosis is also used to relax patients into treatment. Feel free to discuss your sedation needs with our resident dentists who wish to give you the safest, pain-free and peaceful treatments possible.
Q – How does dental sedation work?
Depending on the choice of dental sedation and the health of the patient, the effect of the relaxation process may vary. Some patients prefer oral sedation by taking the tranquiliser the night before visiting the dentist and in the morning of treatment with some water. The medication slowly enters the bloodstream and the patient feels a calmness en-route to the dentist and while the procedure is being performed. With intravenous sedation, a very soft and small needle or IV, that will not cause pain, is placed in a vein, usually in the arm by one of our sensitive and trained dentists. The blood pressure and heart rate is monitored for adequate dosage and the amount can be altered as the patient remains conscious but feels much more relaxed. The patient still maintains control when treated. Inhaling nitrous oxide for sedation works much quicker. The effect depends on the amount of nitrous oxide and the length of time it is administered for. A warm and tingling sensation is felt as the patient becomes more relaxed and happier.
Q – Is dental sedation painful?
Dental sedation is not painful, and gives a sense of calm, comfort and happiness. Some patients have reservations about sedation because of prior anaesthetic experiences or feeling anxious at the thought of a sedative given intravenously by needle. Bear in mind that the needle is not the only option for sedation, and our resident dentist wants to discuss these with you to reduce your phobias about dentistry, to show you the options available, and to give you the oral treatments needed for your overall wellbeing.
Q – Who administers dental sedation?
Our team of professional dentists are all trained in the oral wellbeing of patients needing a broad range of dental therapies. We all care about the comfort of our patients, and our resident dentists are here to discuss your sedation options with you and to administer relaxation techniques for treatment.
Q – How long does the dental sedation last?
The different dental sedation techniques have varied lasting effects.
Inhalation sedation is administered at our dental practice and can take effect within five minutes, where the patient feels warm and cosy throughout the procedure. Our resident dentist can ask you how you are feeling, because you are conscious even though under sedation, to see if more sedation is needed. This form of sedation usually starts to wear off within an hour after treatment.
IV sedation takes similar effect to inhalation, but the effects may take a little longer to wear off. In all sedation treatments, the patient is kept safe with sedation maintained throughout the dental procedures.
Q – Am I conscious during dental sedation?
The beauty of dental sedation is that the patient is calm enough to allow us to complete all dental procedures, and is also conscious to be able to give feedback on sensation and feelings.
Q – Can I drive before and after dental sedation?
Dental sedation can cause a dream-like effect which means the mind is not as sharp as usual in gauging distances and speed. For this reason, it will be unsafe to drive and it is best to ask someone to bring you to and from our practice.
Q – Is dental sedation costly?
The dental sedation is a part of the dental procedures performed for the unique treatment you need. Our resident dentist will discuss the overall cost of treatment with you at your consultation and examination.
Q – Are there alternatives to dental sedation?
An alternative option to sedation is either local or general anaesthetic where the patient does not always remain conscious or awake. A lot of patients prefer the level of feeling in control that the sedative option provides. Some people also are interested in the benefits of alternative therapies, like hypnosis. All these options can be discussed with our resident dentist who is looking forward to speaking with you.
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