Nervous patients

At Confidental we understand that dental phobia is very common but, whatever your dental fears or concerns, we understand and are here to help! We will do everything possible to make you feel calmer and more relaxed during your treatment, we will go at your pace, ensuring you are able to attend regular appointments and treatments with minimum anxiety.

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What is sedation dentistry?

Dental sedation or more specifically intra-venous sedation involves the use of a sedation drug, which will relax you and relieve any anxiety you may have about your treatment.

In addition to this, it will in most cases, help you forget your treatment appointment. It is, therefore, important that you understand what is involved in the sedation, what treatment is proposed and what you need to do afterwards because explanations given on the day of treatment will probably be forgotten.

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How does IV sedation affect me?

Whilst IV sedation will make you drowsy and unaware of the treatment you are undergoing, you will remain awake enough to communicate and cooperate with the dental team. The effects of the sedative will take time to wear off and you won’t be able to drink alcohol, drive or work machinery during this time so it is important that someone can help you home after treatment and keep a careful eye on you for some time afterwards. Your dentist will tell you how long it will be before the drugs are completely clear from your body.

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What is the process?

A sedative drug is administered through a special tube which is attached to your arm/hand. The sedation drug will make you relaxed and sleepy. We wait until the level of sedation is enough to carry out the treatment. No treatment will be carried out until this is achieved. You will remain conscious throughout the visit and will be able to talk to the dentist. You will be monitored during the procedure. On completion, the tube will be removed, and you will wait at the practice until we feel you are ready to leave.

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When faced with a challenge or something we're afraid of, such as a visit to the dentist, our bodies produce substances, which raise our anxiety. However, we can train our bodies to work against this anxiety, by learning to relax. It's not possible to be anxious and relaxed at the same time, so learning relaxation helps control our anxiety.

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Will I ever feel differently about visiting the dentist?

It is highly likely! As you get to know and trust your dentist, hygienist and other members of the dental team at your practice, your fears will diminish. In time you will come to see your regular visit to the dentist as just another part of your normal life.

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