How we control your anxiety
Time – we give you time to explain your fears and needs
Empathy – we try and work with you to understand your fears and to dispel many of the myths that surround much of dentistry.
Prevention – prevention is better than cure, you will see this as a constant theme that runs throughout our practice. This is doubly true if you are nervous of dentistry.
Technology – We use top of the range technology to make any treatment that you do need painless
Environment – We have created a soft calm feeling in our practice to reduce the feeling of being in a ‘surgery’. Everything from colours to smells have been looked at.
Sedation – for some people the fear is overwhelming and in these cases we can offer sedation. See below.
What is sedation?
With safe and proven techniques, patients receive sedative drugs which work rapidly to create a relaxed state that is maintained and monitored throughout treatment.
It Really Works! You really can relax through your dental appointment.
- You will have little or no memory of the experience.
- You won’t remember any sounds or smells.
- You can relax for up to five to six hours after the IV sedation. The time you are relaxing will vary depending on your needed treatment and type of anesthesia delivered.
- Complex dental treatments that often require multiple appointments can often be done in as little as one or two! All while you relax.
- People who have difficulty getting numb will have no problem when relaxed.
- Sedation dentistry is a safe way to reduce the fatigue of extended dental treatment requiring long visits.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Will I feel any pain?
You will feel almost nothing! We even numb the back of your hand prior to starting the IV.
How long will I be relaxing?
Depending on your needs, from two to six hours. You will rest for 3-4 hours when you get home also, most likely.
Will someone need to accompany me?
Yes, due to the sedative effects of the medication, you will need a responsible adult to drive you to our clinic and home again.
Will I be monitored?
Yes, one of our team is always with you and your vital signs are constantly monitored during the entire visit. You are never alone.
Is IV Sedation safe?
Yes, dental sedation has an extremely high safety record. The level of sedation is well below that of general anaesthesia and so all your own reflexes are in tact, making it very safe.
Will I really be totally relaxed?
Yes. You’ll receive just enough sedation so that you’ll be relaxed and unconcerned about the dental treatment.
Will I remember anything?
Typically, no. At the end of the treatment, you’ll have little or no memory of what was accomplished.
Will I feel any pain?
Most patients experience no discomfort whatsoever during treatment and feel surprisingly good afterwards.
What treatments can I have under sedation?
Any procedure that’s usually done in our clinic can be done with sedation-extractions, fillings, root canals, veneers, Implants and even teeth cleaning.
Is gentle dentistry using IV sedation safe for me?
We’ll review your medical history and if necessary, consult with your medical doctor to be sure, and you’ll be constantly monitored while under sedation.
How long will I be off work?
Each patient is different, so this is a difficult question to answer. However, we find that patients only need to take off the day of the procedure. Most are working the next day.
How long will I be under Sedation?
The length of your appointment will depend upon the procedure being done. There will also be a recovery period of 15 to 20 minutes after the procedure is finished. Because of the drowsiness, you must not drive or operate any machinery until the day after your intravenous sedation.