A dental phobia can be extremely debilitating and can make attending dental appointments a daunting and worrying experience for many people. Over a quarter of the UK population suffers from a dental phobia. However, anxious individuals may benefit from a range of dental sedation procedures available here at Pearl Dental Clinic.
Dental anxiety can emerge for a number of different reasons among individuals of all ages. Past experiences, sensitive teeth, difficulty getting numb, and a strong gag reflex are extremely common issues that result in people avoiding the dentist. Avoiding dental care can be extremely detrimental to the overall health of a person. Therefore, it is essential that regular dental checkups take place.
The sedative drugs work quickly to place people in a relaxed frame of mind. Throughout the procedure, patients will be monitored by a medical or dental professional. Under IV sedation individuals will still breathe for themselves, unlike general anaesthetic, while their dentist carries out the necessary work.
At Pearl Dental Clinic, we offer two types of IV sedation. We offer single drug midazolam IV sedation administered by an experienced sedation dentist. We also offer multi-drug deep sedation administered by very experienced medical practitioners. Both types of sedation are effective in sedating patients. Although, extremely nervous patients may find multi-drug deep sedation more suitable.
The use of the sedation drugs can also allow dental professionals to carry out extensive procedures during one sitting, which provides favourable results for anxious dental patients.
In addition, people who have a fear of the sights and smells of a dental procedure can rest easy in the knowledge that they will not be able to remember any of the events that occur while they are under sedation.
While there is a recovery period of around 15 to 20 minutes, individuals will not feel deep sedation effects after the IV sedation has worn off. However, anyone opting for this service should bring a friend or family member with them to the clinic, as they will be unable to drive afterward.
The painless injection can be provided for anyone who is worried about the pain of dental procedures or has a fear of needles. Using this technique, the dentist will use the Wand System. This pen-like device provides an even flow of anaesthetic to patients. The anaesthetic is delivered in an extremely comfortable manner using a computer programme. By eliminating the ‘bee sting’ effect, the Wand System can often minimise the pain of dental injections. The painless injection is also ideal for children who are worried about their early visits to a dental clinic.