Almost half of UK adults have a fear of the dentist. This may not come as a surprise! But 12% of these suffer from an extreme dental anxiety! Visiting the Dentist is ranked number one (22%) for making people nervous, even more so than fear of heights (19%).You may be more likely to meet a person who doesn’t want to go to a dentist than a person who won’t go bungee jumping!
Conscious Sedation is one of the popular ways to deal with this fear!
Conscious Sedation dentist’s use commonly prescribed sedation medications to calm their patients. These medications, which have been subjected to rigorous study, are administered in different ways and leave the patient able to respond to questions, yet be completely relaxed and unaware/unaffected of the sights, smells and sounds of the dental office. The majority of the experience of dental treatment is forgotten after the sedation session!
Sedation can be given in a number of ways:
- Intravenous sedation (IV)- The most commonly used form in adults and is administered via an injection in the arm or back of hand. You will be aware of everything going on around you during the procedure but you will be more relaxed. Your dental surgeon will advise you if any other techniques are appropriate such as inhalation sedation.
- Inhalation sedation (IS) - Nitrous Oxide gas mixed with oxygen. It is a pleasant sedative air which can be breathed in through the nose via a small soft nose hood.
Your dentist will explain the treatment planned and check that you know what will be done before the sedation starts to make sure you are suitable for this treatment. This usually happens in your examination and treatment plan appointment.
On the day of sedation you will be welcomed with a light conversation on what is planned. The sedation is then given by the trained dentist slowly through this tube which encourages you to relax. Your breathing, Heart rate, Oxygen saturation and vital signs will be closely monitored throughout the treatment.
Your dentist will also use local anaesthesia to numb the area where the treatment will be done. We will do our best to make sure you feel as comfortable as possible during the procedure.
The effects of sedative medicine take some time to wear off and your dentist will tell you how long the drug will take to clear from your body therefore following the sedation you will need to stay at the practice until the dental team is satisfied you are safe to be accompanied home by a responsible adult. You will also not be able to drink alcohol, drive or work machinery and sign any legal documents/contracts during this time. This is because your judgement may be affected for the next 24 hours.
As the drowsiness wears off your mouth will be numb. Be careful not to burn or bite yourself until the numbness wears off which may last up to 8 hours.
Dr Salimi is a Dental Phobia certified dentist. Have a look on our website. http://www.esteticaa.co.uk/about.html
This means that he is trained in dealing with patients who have severe anxiety and have avoided dental treatment for a long time. As a team we help you to relax, by creating a safe and comfortable dental experience and environment. We understand that for far too many people, dental fear and anxiety complicates access to essential treatment.
Find out more by calling us on 01932570099 where one of our friendly receptionists will advise you and book you in for a consultation.