Have you been putting off planned dental treatment because you are too scared or fearful of what it may entail? If so sedation is the ideal way to help you to overcome your worries and finally get those dental problems sorted.
It is common for some patients to be very nervous of visiting the dentist and indeed fearful of any treatment that they are recommended to undergo. In many cases patients have been known to put up with pain and discomfort and run the risk of permanent tooth loss rather than deal with the problem and minimise any further issues.
At Smiles we are very experienced in dealing with nervous patients and welcome anybody who may be feeling anxious or fearful of undergoing treatment to speak to us about the option of conscious, or oral, sedation.
Oral sedation helps patients to relax whilst undergoing dental procedures by the use of medication. It enables the patient to still be awake and able to communicate but not be fully aware of what is going on. Afterwards most people do not remember anything and it may take a few hours to feel back to normal.
We have a sixteen point health check to ensure that we give you an in-depth insight into your oral health We then advise on the best course of action if we have any further treatment is required.
Top tips to reduce your fear levels
- If you are a new patient please feel free to visit the practice prior to any treatment so that you are familiar with the surroundings
- Your initial visit will not involve direct treatment but will simply be a check-up
- Once you decide to go ahead we advise you to:
- Book a morning appointment so that you have less time to think about it beforehand
- Feel free to bring a companion to support you
- If you are concerned about needles we can use a numbing gel
- Wearing headphones to listen to music can help to take your mind off things
If you do request to undergo your treatment with us at Smiles using sedation you can feel assured of a warm welcome. We want you to have as positive an experience as possible and are happy to answer any queries that you may have.
Book your consultation
At Smiles, we feel it important to offer a no-obligation consultation to anyone who is considering treatment. This will enable us to fully explain the products we use and what is involved in the delivery of the treatment. It will also enable us to ask you a few health-based questions which may highlight possible contraindications to having such treatments. In this case, we will be able to advise you of alternative options. Your health and safety is of paramount importance to us and we always endeavour to ensure the safest and optimal outcome for you.
Frequently asked questions
What are the different types of sedation?
Sedation is delivered by several methods such as oral tablet, intravenous injection or inhaling gas usually nitrous oxide.
Can you drive after sedation?
If you have had treatment using sedation you will not be able to drive afterwards. You will need to make alterative transport arrangements but ideally have someone to accompany you home.
How quickly will sedation wear off?
Once the treatment has finished you will need to stay in the practice for a minimum of half an hour to enable you to recover sufficiently to be discharged from our care. The drugs will start to wear off gradually but we recommend that you do not return to work or driving until the following day.
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