Does a visit to the dentist fill you with dread? Do you have a dental phobia?
At Loughborough Dental & Implant Centre we see many patients who are nervous or anxious about visiting the dentist. However, for some patients, this fear can become more extreme, sometimes to the point where dental phobia takes over their lives.
This kind of fear and anxiety can be extremely distressing and is very difficult to overcome. Often, dental fear can stem from deep-rooted, unpleasant childhood dental experiences that have grown in the mind over time.
Dental phobia of this nature can have a very negative impact on a patient’s entire life. We often see patients who ‘put off’ the dental treatment that they want or need due to dental fear or phobia. Unfortunately, this creates a negative theme, whereby patients end up with tooth-ache or are embarrassed about the state of their smile which only adds increased levels of anxiety and distress to an already unhappy patient
We allow more time for nervous patients and you are treated with empathy and kindness
In addition, we will take the time to explain the treatment in some detail and during your visit, you will be very much in control. We may schedule a longer treatment session so that we can slow down and treatment is gentle and encouraging. We will agree on a ‘stop’ sign if you feel that you need a moment to catch your breath and your dental nurse will be on hand to support and reassure you.
At Loughborough Dental, we have found that dental sedation has helped many people to overcome their fear and enabled them to have dental treatment in relaxation and comfort.
Conscious Sedation (also known as ‘twilight sedation’, ‘IV sedation’, or ‘sleep sedation’) is a wonderful and extremely safe technique that encourages a deep state of relaxation. At Loughborough Dental, we use a sedative called ‘Midazolam’. The sedative is not designed to ‘put you to sleep’, but is used as a relaxant (although we do find that many patients naturally fall asleep during treatment!).
Patients are usually responsive during treatment (you may hear voices and respond to the gentle squeeze of your hand) but the amnesic effect of the drug will mean that patients remember very little of the procedure afterwards. In addition, patients treated under conscious sedation will often lose track of time, and a very long appointment will appear to be over in minutes.
At Loughborough Dental, patients treated using dental sedation have remained very relaxed throughout the entire procedure.
The sedatives that we use are extremely safe and the side effects are minimal which means that after a 24hr recovery period (no driving, cooking or operating machinery) you can return to everyday life.
We will take the time to assess your medical history prior to your treatment & sedation session to ensure that you are entirely suitable. However, we do find that most patients who are nervous, worried or anxious can be treated using conscious sedation.
Benefits of Dental Sedation:
Conscious Sedation is an extremely effective and safe technique that can be used to help overcome dental phobia for good
Do I need Dental Sedation?
If you would like to know more about Conscious Sedation, please call one of our friendly team who will be happy to chat with you. Alternatively, pop into the practice to meet one of clinicians. At Loughborough Dental & Implant Centre we are proud to offer FREE Consultations for nervous or dental phobic patients. Simply call our friendly team to find out how our flexible approach to your dental needs could result in the smile of your dreams.