Dental phobia is a serious condition that affects a large proportion of the population that does not regularly see a dentist. Many people are so fearful or anxious about visiting the dentist that they let their oral health suffer as a result. Many dentists report that anxious patients often have problems with teeth and gums having untreated levels of dental disease.
It is important to see your dentist regularly so that they can assess and deal with problems before they worsen and become irreversible, painful dental abscesses or expensive. With modern dentistry, there are many techniques and methods to help overcome your anxieties and make your dental experience comfortable!
This is a very simple technique. The patient takes the medication about 1 hour before treatment by mouth. We usually use 10mg of Temazepam, which is a benzodiazepine, related to the drug we use intravenously. The effect is usually successful, but absorption from the stomach is less predictable than by the intravenous route.
This is a more complex technique, but it is very safe provided that the team have the correct training and experience. At ProDent Care Dental Clinic, our specialized anaesthetists backed up by our wonderful staff have regular training in this procedure. Even the most anxious patients can be successfully treated and will return confidently for further treatment.
Sedation, both oral and intravenous, can be used to put you in a relaxed, dream-like state. Dental Sedation is an effective treatment for very anxious patients.
Conscious sedation is a form of anxiety control that allows you to accept treatment more readily, or allows longer treatments to be performed in a comfortable manner. It is the modern alternative to general anaesthesia and is both safer and more pleasant. Conscious sedation will make you feel sleepy and relaxed, most patients can remember little or nothing of the procedure. You will feel drowsy for up to 8 hours and you may sleep heavily following sedation. You may feel drowsy the following day. Once sedated a local anaesthetic will be used. Your mouth will feel numb for several hours after treatment and you should take care not to burn or bite yourself during this time. Following sedation you will be required to stay at the practice for a short time until the dental team is satisfied that you are safe to be accompanied home by a responsible adult.
Before Your Appointment
Arrange for someone to accompany you home.
Remove contact lenses, all make-up, nail varnish, jewellery & tie back long hair.
Continue to take routine medicines (do tell us about all medicine you are taking).
Tell the dental surgeon if you have been to your doctor or attended hospital since your appointment was made.
Wear loose-fitting clothing.
Tell us if you are breast-feeding.
Avoid eating or drinking for at least two hours before your appointment.
Do not drink any alcohol on the day of treatment.
Do not bring children with you.
After Your Treatment
Take the rest of the day quietly.
Eat light and easily digestible food during the day.
Take medicine which has been prescribed for you.
Do NOT drive any vehicle, operate machinery, use cookers, kettles, and irons or make any business decisions on the same day as your treatment – your reflexes and judgement have been affected.
Do not drink any form of alcohol until the following day.