Dental fear is something most of us experience to a certain degree, but for some, anxiety and fear can be so severe that even the thought of going to the dentist’s is enough to bring on feelings of dread and despair. The trouble with dental fear is that it only makes patients feel very nervous and worried, but it also prevents patients from seeing a dentist on a regular basis and this poses health risks.
If you suffer from dental fear, there are ways to make going to the dentist and having dental treatment less daunting. Dentists today have training in caring for nervous patients and they can offer you time, understanding and the latest dental techniques to help you feel more comfortable.
Sedation for dental fear
Sedation is a very effective solution for patients who suffer from dental fear; it is used commonly in medicine and dentistry as a means of preventing pain and reducing anxiety. Sedation is not the same as general anaesthetic because you remain conscious when you are sedated; however, you do feel drowsy and relaxed and you don’t feel any pain.
Sedation is beneficial for patients with dental anxiety and dental phobia and it is also useful for long and complex procedures.
What happens when you are sedated?
When you are sedated you will feel completely relaxed and although you’ll be able to hear your dentist and talk to them if you want to, you will feel a bit ‘out of it’ and you won’t remember much when you come around afterwards. With sedation, you shouldn’t feel any pain during the procedure.
After sedation, it can take up to 24 hours for the effects of sedative to wear off completely and we advise you to arrange for somebody to drive you home and stay with you.