Sedation Dentist in Guildford, Surrey
Is there anything that can help me with my fear of the dentist?
What is Sedation?
Yes. Some people are so scared of the dentist that they will not go for dental treatment. They can overcome their fears with relaxation or sedation. Our team is sympathetic about these feelings, and you can ask our dentist about these ways to help.
Oral sedation is prescribed for relieving anxiety in the hours immediately before a dental appointment. Not only do these medications have a sedative effect they also have some degree of amnesic effect for most people. Patients remember little or nothing about their dental appointment.
Advantages of Dental Oral Sedation
Inhalation Sedation (Laughing Gas)
You can be helped to feel relaxed by ‘relative analgesia’ sometimes known as inhalation sedation. This means breathing in a mixture of gases (‘laughing gas’) which quickly leads to a pleasant, relaxed feeling. You remain conscious all the time, although you may be a little drowsy, and any treatment given causes you no discomfort. You breathe in the mixture through a nosepiece, which is very comfortable. You can’t overdose on the gas, as the mixture quickly leaves the body if you breathe in one or two breaths of ordinary air. There are no after-effects either, and you can drive a car after about 15 minutes. This is the most frequently used sedation method used in dentistry.
This type of sedation is suitable also for young children and teenagers.
Advantages of Dental Inhalation Sedation
Intravenous sedation or “IV sedation” is designed to better enable you undergo your treatment while you are very relaxed. It will enable you to stand as well as not remember those procedures that may be very unpleasant for you, hence more effective than inhalation sedation. IV sedation will essentially help alleviate the anxiety and nervousness associated with your treatment. You may not always be asleep, but you will be comfortable, calm and relaxed, drifting in and out of sleep.
IV sedation/anesthesia is administered and monitored by our sedationist as he is performing dentistry, therefore eliminating the costly expense of having your treatment carried out in a hospital.
How is the IV Sedation Administered?
A thin needle will be introduced into a vein in your arm or hand. Once again some patients may be asleep while others will slip in and out of sleep. Some patients with medical conditions and/or on specific drug regimens may only be lightly sedated and may not sleep at all.
The goal of IV sedation is to use as little medication as possible to get the treatment completed. With IV sedation, a constant “drip” is maintained via the intravenous tube. At any time an antidote can be administered to reverse the effects of the medications if required.
IV sedation is very safe!
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Could be described as the quieting of the conscious mind. People enter this state spontaneously everyday, for example
when being lost in thought or day dreaming, working out in the gym, reading, listening to music, surfing the web, or driving on ‘auto pilot’.
Some applications of hypnosis in dentistry include controlling a strong gag reflex, treating chronic facial pain, modification
of unwanted habits such as teeth grinding, and much more.Hypnosis works extremely well with some people, but they would require a relevant assessment.
Hypnosis works by accessing the unconscious mind and placing new, positive instructions there, a little bit like reprogramming yourself to how you would like to be able to think and feel. Hypnosis is a very natural state just like daydreaming, whereby your mind is free to wander whilst you are also vaguely aware of your surroundings. It is also useful in people with a strong gag reflex.
FAQs: Sedation Dentist in Surrey answers your frequently asked questions
Fear of the dentist is more common than you might think. You may have put off appointments in the past yourself due to worries of painful procedures, negative experiences with past dental work, or phobia of needles. You may have heard of sedation dentistry as a comfortable solution to nerves in the dentist’s chair. A Surrey-based sedation dentist can answer all the frequently asked questions you may have about this option, and provide an individually tailored, caring and compassionate alternative to ensure you get the treatment you want.
Many patients can find visits to the dentist a stressful experience. But when your anxiety holds you back from taking the first step, it can be helpful to look at the reasons why.
- Past negative experience with either dental procedures or poor relationships with previous dentists
- Particularly sensitive teeth
- Resistance to local anaesthetic
- Embarrassment of your teeth – particularly if you haven’t been to the dentist in a long period
- Gag reflex interfering with procedures
- Fears of drills or needles
- General high anxiety
If you found yourself identifying with one or more of these worries, you may be a candidate for sedation dentistry.
In sedation dentistry, medication is administered to the patient before or during the procedure, to ensure you are in a comfortable, anxiety-free state while your dental work is completed. There are various options available depending on the individual needs of the patient and levels of anxiety involved.
Inhalation Sedation (Laughing gas) – Controlled sedation where the patient inhales gas through a mask connected to a machine. Designed for simpler procedures and lower levels of anxiety. A good option for very young children.
Oral Sedation – Ingestion of a sedative, in pill or liquid form before the procedure. A weaker alternative to IV sedation, if the patient has phobia of needles.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation – Sedative injected directly into the vein, with the dosage controlled by your dentist. This is a fast-acting procedure and the most effective for highly anxious patients.
Yes. You will remain conscious, but in an intensely relaxed state. You will be able to respond to your dentist’s instructions but will be heavily distracted from the procedure. A lengthy appointment will appear to pass much quicker than reality, and it is likely you will remember little of the process.
Absolutely. IV sedation can usually be used for older children and teenagers. However, for younger kids Inhalation Sedation may be the best option when IV sedation is not viable.
Sedation dentistry is designed for patients with phobia of pain in mind. The tooth or the area will still usually need to be anaesthetised after the sedation, hence there will not be any pain during your procedure, with IV sedation being the most effective in this regard.
This varies greatly depending on the extent of work needed, and the patient’s own needs. Longer procedures may take up to an hour or two.
This is dependent on the length of appointment, method of sedation, and dosage during the procedure. For shorter procedures involving nitrous oxide, the recovery will be rapid, and you will be safe to drive afterwards. For IV and oral sedation, you will need someone to drive you to and from the appointment, as the sedative will take time to wear off. Avoid consumption of alcohol, driving and operation of heavy machinery. By the next day, you will have recovered.
Sedation dentistry is generally a safe as well as a relaxing option. However, patients with heart and respiratory conditions, and those with diabetes may require a doctor’s consultation and note before a procedure can go ahead. Similarly, obesity and sleep apnoea may be obstacles to controlled sedation.
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