Dental phobia is one of the most common phobias. Phobias are irrational fears, which cause people to become extremely anxious, restless and scared when they come into contact with something that many people find completely harmless. In the case of dental phobia, patients may be scared of needles and injections, the dental drill, the dentist, pain or even simply the setting of the dental surgery. At Kent Smile Studio, we have expertise in caring for patients with a phobia and we use techniques to help patients to overcome their fear and feel more comfortable when they are at the surgery.
Sedation for nervous patients
Sedation is an effective technique, which is used to help patients relax when they have a dental or medical procedure. It works by using sedative medication to induce a state of deep calm. Under sedation, patients don’t feel any pain and they won’t have much awareness of what is going on around them, but they will still be conscious and they can hear and talk to the dentist if they wish to.
After sedation, most people don’t have much memory of what happened during the procedure.
When can sedation be beneficial?
Sedation can be beneficial for patients who are nervous or anxious about having treatment, as well as those who are undergoing a long or complex procedure and patients with a sensitive gag reflex. Sedation is also helpful for patients who have had negative experiences in the past, as it helps to make you feel relaxed and you don’t have much recollection of the procedure when you come around after treatment.
If you’re interested in sedation or you suffer from dental phobia, we can help. We understand that having dental treatment can be scary and we will do everything we can to help you to feel more confident and assured before you have treatment. We are happy to arrange consultations, show you around the clinic and introduce you to our team before you have treatment to help you prepare and enable you to get a feel for the surgery and get to know your dentist.