Our Advice for Staying Calm During Your Next Visit

Have you been putting off visiting the dentist and getting the treatment you need because of dental anxiety? Dental appointments are daunting for many people, whether due to anxiety caused by past experiences or fear of discomfort. At Cliftonville, we understand these concerns and prioritise your comfort throughout every visit. 


As a dentist for anxious patients in Northampton, we have found that the most effective way to ensure a relaxed experience is through dental sedation, specifically intravenous (IV) sedation and inhalation sedation (nitrous oxide). Here is how each option can help you stay calm during your next appointment:


Intravenous (IV) Sedation: Deep Relaxation, Enhanced Comfort


What is IV Sedation? 


IV sedation involves administering sedatives directly into your bloodstream via a cannula in your arm, inducing a deep state of relaxation. It is the strongest level of sedation that we can give to our patients while in a practice environment, and it’s often used for longer procedures or for patients with severe dental anxiety.


If you’re interested in having intravenous (IV) sedation at your next appointment, we’ll need to schedule a consultation with you beforehand. It is necessary to arrange this consultation with our team in advance. This is a chance for us to have a discussion with you about your current health and medical history to ensure your safety throughout the procedure. This is also an opportunity for you to ask us any question. Once the consultation is complete, we will note in your profile that you are approved for sedation. After that, you can choose to have sedation for any upcoming treatments or exams you have with us. 




1) Deep Relaxation: IV sedation provides a deep sense of relaxation throughout the procedure.


2) Adjustable Dosage: The level of sedation can be adjusted during the procedure to ensure your comfort.


3) Memory Loss: Many patients may experience partial or complete memory loss from the procedure, which can help break the cycle of anxiety stemming from past experiences.


Is IV Sedation Right for You? 


IV sedation is an excellent option if you have significant dental anxiety or if you’re undergoing a complex procedure. It is administered by our trained dental anaesthetist to ensure your safety and comfort. IV sedation is a form of conscious sedation, which means you won’t be asleep and can still follow the dentist’s instructions during treatment.


Inhalation Sedation (Nitrous Oxide): Gentle Relaxation, Quick Recovery


What is Inhalation Sedation? 


You’re probably familiar with inhalation sedation but under a different name like “gas and air” or “laughing gas”. Nitrous oxide is a mild sedative administered through a mask that fits over your nose. It provides gentle relaxation, and the feeling quickly wears off once you stop inhaling.




1) Immediate Relaxation: Nitrous oxide induces a calm, euphoric feeling within minutes.


2) Fast Recovery: The effects wear off quickly after the mask is removed, allowing you to drive yourself home.


3) Adjustable Sedation Levels: The dentist can adjust the amount of nitrous oxide throughout the procedure.


Is Inhalation Sedation Right for You? 


Inhalation sedation is great if you have mild to moderate anxiety or if you prefer a sedative that allows you to recover quickly post-procedure. It’s safe for both adults and children.


Choosing the Best Option for Your Comfort


As a dentist for anxious patients, we aim to make your dental visit as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Whether you opt for IV sedation or nitrous oxide, our experienced team will tailor the sedation to your specific needs and ensure your safety throughout the procedure.


Tips for Before and After Your Appointment:


1) Communication: Discuss your concerns and preferences with your dentist beforehand.


2) Follow Instructions: Follow pre-procedure guidelines such as fasting or avoiding certain medications.


3) Post-Procedure Care: It’s essential to have a friend or family member accompany you if you choose IV sedation so that you can return home safely. Follow any post-sedation instructions provided.


Looking for a dentist for anxious patients near you?


We suggest that you get in touch with your dentist by phone or ask at your next appointment about the option of sedation. It is important to note that not all dental practices have a trained anaesthetist on their team. If your current practice doesn’t offer sedation, and you think a dentist who specialises in supporting anxious patients would be helpful for you, it might be worth looking for a different practice.


Contact us today to discuss joining our private dental practice in Northampton. 


Improving Dentistry for Anxious Patients


Please do not postpone essential treatment due to your fear of the dentist. By selecting the appropriate sedation option and preparing effectively, you can turn your next visit to the dentist into a calm and comfortable experience. Remember, your dental health is important, and we are here to support you every step of the way.


Ready to schedule your next appointment? Contact our team at Cliftonville today to discuss your sedation options and take the first step towards stress-free dentist visits.


Call us on: 01604 604545


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Our address: 65 The Avenue, Northampton NN1 5BT

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