23/12/20To My Patients Who Are Scared Of The Dentist
Throughout my many years of experience as a dentist, I’ve seen patients who have very mild dentist fears, to those who have debilitating anxiety about it. Being afraid of the dentist is a very real and common phobia- so don’t worry, I want you to know that you are not alone!
The important thing to remember, is not to avoid the dentist, but choose one who will empathise with you so that you can be worry free.
As a Chichester dental practice, we have built a strong reputation for treating nervous patients with our kind and gentle techniques.
We will provide you with a free one-on-one consultation to discuss any problems you may be having and will take the time to listen to your questions and concerns.
Through our consultation, we will take your medical history and we will then suggest any treatment options we recommend. However, we want you to feel comfortable and not pressured when discussing possible treatment plans.
If you have any questions about our practice, our treatments, or would like to book a free consultation, please contact us because we would be happy to speak with you.
For our more anxious patients, we also offer two types of dental sedation for a worry free and pain free experience.
Inhalation Sedation has been the gold standard form of sedation and also has other names like: Relative Analgesia, nitrous oxide, gas and air or laughing gas.
This method is very gentle because as you sit in the dentist chair, a mask gets placed over your mouth and nose where you inhale safe gas that makes you feel relaxed and happy.
Inhalation Sedation also wears off immediately after the gas is stopped, and you can continue with the rest of your day without having a chaperone to accompany you to your appointment.
If you have moderate to very high levels of dental anxiety, then we recommend Intravenous Sedation. Anxiety reducing medication is released intravenously so that you begin to feel calm and relaxed. You will still be able to respond verbally and physically, but you will feel very comfortable and sleepy.
The effects will take longer to wear off compared to Inhalation Sedation, and you will need to be accompanied and taken home from your appointment by a chaperone. You must also not drive or operate any machinery until the next day.
We commonly use IV sedation for a variety of long and more complex treatments, implants and teeth removal. But, it is also available for patients over 12 years of age who have a fear of choking or fear of any dental treatment.
Whether you are interested in dental sedation for your treatment, or just want to be reassured that your experience with us will be stress and worry free, please contact us for a consultation so that we can explain your procedure in detail and take the time to answer any questions you may have.
At Market House Dental, we are committed to making your experience as comfortable and as enjoyable as possible so that we can provide you with dentistry that lasts a lifetime!
Roger J. Scholes