At Woodbridge Dental, we have worked with a range of patients, including those who may experience fear or anxiety of dental treatments. Besides ensuring a welcoming and comfortable treatment environment, we can offer sedation dentistry services to help put your mind at ease.
Dental anxiety can be experienced in varying degrees of severity, from a feeling of uneasiness at having to visit a dentist to a full-blown, highly prohibitive phobia. Whilst it’s common for people to be a little wary of dental work (with images of drills and other painful looking implements embedded in our cultural consciousness) it can be seriously detrimental to your oral and dental hygiene and, by extension, your overall health to neglect scheduling regular check ups.
Sedation dentistry involves the use of sedatives to help you get through treatment if you are a nervous patient of scared of the dentist. With your approval, we can use a range of sedatives that can help you relax, have feelings of peace, and ensure you don’t feel any pain.
We can offer both conscious sedation that keeps you awake throughout treatment, as well as general anesthesia for more severe cases of dental anxiety.
There are both oral and IV medications we can provide to help quickly induce feelings of relaxation and ease. These can help you ignore a general fear of the dentist, fear of needles, and any other anxiety regarding your treatments. Besides your own peace of mind, this can often allow us to complete dental services in less time and fewer appointments.
If your fear of dental procedures is so severe that you have trouble going through with it at all, we can use general anesthesia that effectively puts you to sleep throughout the procedure. It can also be used for those who have physical disabilities that may make treatment difficult. This type of anesthesia is not available at Woodbridge Hill Dental Practice.
Will Using Sedation Once Mean I’ll Always Need It?
No. It’s still possible for you to overcome your anxiety through the various methods, however, it should be stressed that having got through treatment with the help of sedation may not contribute towards you getting past your anxieties, especially if you don’t remember much of the experience. Having small scale dental treatments that are less intimidating, such as a thorough cleaning, could help, as could talking to and forging a relationship with your dentist. The more familiar you are with their work, the more likely it is you will feel comfortable undergoing treatments. Of course, if you’re unable to overcome your phobia and still require urgent dental work, you may have to fall back on sedation if psychological methods aren’t working.
Helping nervous patients get the treatment they need
If you have a fear or anxiety that has stopped you from going to the dentist in the past, Woodbridge Dental is glad to help with our range of sedation dentistry options. We will do whatever it takes to make you feel at ease, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.