Sedation For Nervous Patients
Taking Care of Nervous Patients at St Raphael’s
For around one in four patients, the idea of visiting the dentist can prompt the onset of anxiety and fear due to their dentist phobia. Some are afraid that their treatment might hurt, while others fight bad memories of their childhood visits to their dentist.
At St Raphael’s, we understand that even reassurance that your treatment will be pain-free cannot guarantee your anxiety will reduce, and so we offer our patients the option of dental sedation and other stress reducing techniques.
What is Dental Sedation?
Intravenous or ‘IV’ sedation is a method of increasing a patient’s feeling of relaxation and calm. Typically, sedation is offered to those who are particularly nervous about their treatment, or dental treatments in general and require help to calm their nerves.
Sedation is fast and easy to administer, prompting patients to become drowsy and unaware of any treatment taking place around them. However, you will remain awake and able to co-operate with the dentist when required. Instead, you will enjoy a state of deep relaxation and a feeling of calm while your dentist continues addressing your dental health.
We have found that once the pending list of treatments are completed under sedation, then with good daily oral hygiene and the right kind of diet, it is easier to maintain an excellent dental health and reducing treatments by regular visits to our friendly dentists in our calm and relaxed environment are crucial to prevent treatments from occurring.
What Happens After the Treatment?
Once your treatment is over you, it can take up to 24 hours until the sedation drugs have left your body before you can continue as normal. You will need to bring a trustworthy and reliable escort with you to take you home and ensure you are safe and cared for. Everyday actions that must be avoided during this time include driving, drinking alcohol and working machinery.
Additionally, a common and often desirable side effect of sedation is that it results in either partial or full memory loss, or amnesia. This will last from when the drug is first introduced into the system until it leaves the body. This generally results in the feeling that time is moving quickly and it’s likely that you won’t recall much of your treatment.
What if I’m Still Not Sure?
If you’re worried about trying IV sedation or you’re concerned that it may not work for you, feel free to contact us to discuss your options and trying other stress reducing techniques. Your personal dental advisor will be happy to advise whether or not sedation is the right choice for you, and will help you develop alternatives if you decide you’re unsure about this particular method of inducing relaxation. We always welcome clients to visit us for no charge and under no obligation to get a feel for the environment and meet our lovely team for extra reassurance.