Visiting the dentist can be extraordinarily difficult for nervous patients and at Harley Street Dental and Implant Clinic oral, intravenous and inhalation sedation is available to make dental treatment accessible.
An important aspect of caring for nervous patients is good communication and the dental team therefore take more time than usual to explain in layman’s terms what they are doing before, during and after treatment.
Harley Street Dental and Implant Clinic has guided generations of anxious patients through their first significant dental procedures and patients normally develop trust and confidence in their clinicians which reduces anxiety in the long term.
The three types of sedation available at Harley Street Dental and Implant Clinic can reduce anxiety for a short time or render the patient unconscious so they do not recall their dental procedure at all. Mild sedatives taken orally aid sleep the night before and reduce anxiety on the day of the appointment. The most common option is an anti-anxiety pill such as diazepam which can be taken the night before or 30 minutes to an hour before the dental appointment, depending on the severity of the anxiety.
Intravenous sedation allows extremely nervous patients to access longer, more complex treatments such as oral surgery and means the dentist has more time to work and so fewer visits are needed. Intravenous sedation is also useful for patients who have a severe gag reflex. It is administered into the blood-stream through a vein under the direction of an anaesthetist and patients have no recollection of the procedure.
Inhalation sedation is administered with a relative analgesia machine that produces a mixture of nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, and oxygen, creating a relaxed feeling that supresses all forms of sensation, particularly hearing, touch and pain.
Dentists at Harley Street Dental and Implant Clinic also provide painless anaesthetics using The Wand™ system, a computer-controlled local anaesthetic delivery system. The result is reduced anxiety and faster numbing onset, which is especially useful for making nervous children feel more comfortable.
Sometimes a bad experience in the past or general anxiety can seem like an insurmountable barrier to dental treatment but nervous patients often relax after experiencing their first pain-free procedure.
For most dental treatments, including extensive work such as dental implants, patients are able to return to their normal activities on the day of their procedure.
If you feel nervous about visiting the dentist, get in touch with Harley Street Dental and Implant Clinic to discuss how you can access treatment on you own terms.