4 Ways Dental Sedation Can Help You Overcome Your Fear

Are you searching for a dentist for anxious patients in Northampton? There are a few things to consider… especially dental sedation.

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Firstly, you should look for a dental team that is supportive and compassionate, allowing you time to get to know them and feel comfortable with their approach. Additionally, it’s important to check whether the dentists have received training in sedation dentistry, which can be a valuable option for nervous patients. You can usually find out if a practice offers sedation by visiting their website or contacting them directly.

Sedation dentistry can be administered in a variety of ways, such as prescribing oral medication to ease anxiety before treatment, inhalation sedation via “gas and air”, or intravenous sedation via an IV line. After having a consultation with our team, we can help you choose the most suitable form of sedation for your needs, taking into account your medical history, the level of sedation you require, and any preferences you may have, such as being needle-phobic.

If you experience dental anxiety or phobia due to a past unpleasant experience, then dental sedation could be an excellent solution for you. We understand that such experiences can be hard to forget and may cause significant distress, making it impossible for you to see a dentist. If you are in this situation, we would like to extend a warm invitation to our dental practice in Northampton, where we will work closely with you to overcome your fears. 


Benefits of Dental Sedation:


1) Promoting Relaxation and Anxiety Reduction:

Dental sedation is an effective way to reduce anxiety and fear associated with dental visits. It promotes relaxation and helps nervous patients feel more at ease before and during their dental procedures. Intravenous sedation is one of the strongest types of sedation that a dentist can give. It calms the central nervous system and induces a deep state of relaxation while you’re still awake. This not only helps to relieve any anxiety or distress that you may be feeling but also creates a more positive and comfortable environment for both you and your dentist.


2) Effective Pain Management:

Most people fear visiting the dentist because they worry that treatment will hurt. Dental sedation involves the use of medications with analgesic properties to manage and reduce pain perception. With the help of sedation, even the most anxious patients can undergo necessary dental treatments and surgeries without worrying about pain. This can be life-changing for those who have had previous painful dental experiences or anticipate discomfort during dental procedures.

It is also worth noting that dentistry has seen significant advancements in recent years, with less invasive techniques being adopted and a move towards a pain-free experience. That said, adding dental sedation can give that extra layer of comfort and relief to those who need it.


3) Enhancing Cooperation and Treatment Efficiency:

When patients come to our practice feeling anxious, completing the necessary treatments in a single session can sometimes be challenging for our dentists. We fully understand that it takes a lot of courage to come in for a visit, so it’s not ideal to prolong the process. This is where dental sedation can be helpful. By inducing a state of deep relaxation, patients can cooperate better with their dentist, allowing for treatments to be performed more efficiently and precisely. This way, our dentists can provide the best possible care and ensure a smoother patient experience. 


4) Memory Suppression:

Dental sedation, particularly those that involve medications with amnestic properties, can help to suppress memory formation during dental procedures. This means that patients may have little to no recollection of the treatment. We’ve found to be very valuable for patients who are afraid of the sound or sensation of specific tools. By suppressing memories, you are less likely to carry negative experiences from one dental visit to the next, which will hopefully foster a more positive attitude towards future appointments. This encourages nervous patients to break the cycle of fear associated with dental procedures, allowing them to approach subsequent visits with greater ease and confidence. Sedation dentistry takes a holistic approach to address both the emotional and cognitive aspects of dental anxiety, helping you overcome your fears.


Sedation Dentistry at Cliftonville Dental 

If you are scheduled for dental surgery in Northampton and would like to have it done with sedation, or if you are a nervous patient whose current dentist doesn’t offer sedation and would like to switch to our practice, the first step is to register with our practice or request a referral for sedation treatment. Before starting the treatment, we will invite you for a consultation to ensure that you are suitable for sedation and to discuss your preferred method. After the consultation, we will add sedation to your file for future reference.

For intravenous sedation, please wear a short-sleeve top on the day so we can easily access your arm to fit the IV line. Additionally, you must bring a family member or friend along with you to take you home after the procedure since the effects of intravenous sedation can take several hours to wear off. We prioritise your safety, so we will not allow you to leave alone without a chaperone. Inhalation sedation, however, wears off almost immediately once you stop inhaling, so you can drive home alone if you opt for this type of sedation.


Contact Us Today

Looking for a dentist for anxious patients in Northampton? Call us today at 01604 604545. We look forward to hearing from you.  


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