Anxious Patient Programme

Sedation for nervous dental patients

At Cairn Brae Dental, we understand that nobody likes going to the dentist. Most patients accept their fears and attend for treatment, as part of their daily duties in life. However, there is a substantial number of patients who want a bit more peace of mind and comfort during their dental visits.

It is thought that, in the UK, around 25% of the population feel anxious prior to a visit to the dentist. This means that if you have a fear of the dentist, then you are far from alone.

The anxiety that people feel will vary in degrees and most people will simply accept their fear and go anyway.

For some, the fear of the dentist is so real as to actually prevent them from attending, even for regular check ups. This can have serious consequences if not dealt with, as, whilst most of us will need dental treatment at some point, this is usually relatively minor if the problem is caught early on. In some cases, your dentist may recommend sedation to ensure that you are more comfortable during a difficult extraction for example. This does not mean that you are anxious or phobic. It just means that your dentists wants you to be comfortable whilst allowing him/her to carry out treatment for you.

Our dental practice understands how some patients feel and we have the facilities to offer sedation for those patients that need it. These methods allow them to feel entirely relaxed during the procedure whilst fully awake.

Essentially, there are two types of sedation that we offer. Your dentist will advise you on the preferred type of sedation at your consultation visit.

Intravenous Sedation

Intravenous sedation is administered by an injection, usually into the arm. This is a fast acting sedative which will leave the patient feeling a little drowsy and entirely relaxed. This makes the procedure easier for both the patient and the dentist. This is a very safe method but if you are pregnant or have any health issues you should inform the dentist beforehand.

Oral Sedation

This method of sedation comes in the form of a pill. Your dentist will inform you when to take the tablet to ensure that the maximum effect is obtained during the time of your treatment. Oral sedation is very much milder than IV sedation and it sometimes takes longer to work.

With both methods of sedation, a patient should ensure that they attend the appointment with a friend as they are likely to feel a little ‘out of it’ for a while afterwards and may need a little assistance in getting home. Under no circumstances should you drive or consume alcohol before or after having either form of sedation.

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