If visiting us brings you out in a cold sweat, don’t worry, we can help alleviate your dental fears. Plenty of people get worried about coming to see the dentist, with levels of anxiety that range from a few butterflies at the thought of being asked to ‘open wide’ to abject terror at the mere mention of a dental check-up (let alone a filling – aaargh!)
Some fears are so extreme they can develop into a dental phobia and this can lead to complete avoidance of the dentist. A lack of regular check-ups and treatment for dental problems can mean facing some serious tooth issues down the line.
At Devonshire Dental, we fully understand your worries (and try not to take your hatred of us too personally!). We offer a gentle touch and make sure you feel as relaxed as possible, as well as offering IV sedation – a wonderfully calming procedure that blasts away your worries.
Even sedation sounds scary – what’s it actually like?
Sedation helps you feel deeply relaxed and dreamy. It will not send you to sleep, you will still be able to talk to the dentist, but it will dissolve your dental distress and you will probably find it hard to remember a single thing about the whole experience – which is probably just as well if you aren’t a fan of teeth treatment. Also you can rest assured that sedation is very safe and will only carried out by a qualified professional.
We deliver the soothing drug using an ultra-fine needle, which is inserted in a narrow tube placed in a vein, normally on the back of your hand or in the arm. This tube remains in place throughout the procedure to ensure you remain as worry free as possible.
Will I still need a local anaesthetic?
Normally yes. Sedation gets rid of your anxiety but it doesn’t numb pain so you will still need an anaesthetic. If you hate needles, we will deliver the local anaesthetic after the sedation has kicked in, so that’s one less thing to fret over, and you’ll also be comfortably numb while your teeth get sorted.
Bring a pal
Though you will feel fine and dandy after your dental treatment, you will need to bring someone with you to take you home and to hang around for a bit to make sure you’re all OK. After sedation you will feel a little drowsy and should avoid doing strenuous activities, driving or operating machinery – basically just use it as an excuse to chill out.
Sedation can make things a whole lot more bearable and make sure your teeth get the attention they deserve. Also if a nervous patient is sedated it can make it a lot easier for us to get on with our job especially if the treatment is extensive and requires multiple visits.
Remember your dental health is important and even if you haven’t been to see a dentist for years there is always something we can do to help. You’ll probably be surprised at how relaxing modern dental treatment can be and we are especially friendly at Devonshire Dental!
Your fears will lessen if you make us a regular fixture in your diary and you begin to get used to all the sights, sounds and smells of the surgery. And before you know it you will see a visit to the dentist as less paranormal activity and more just a plain old normal activity.