Nervous Patients

Are you one of the 13%?

Although being scared of the dentist is not unheard of, did you know that about 13% of the population has some kind of dental phobia? It’s a bit of a spectrum, ranging from mildly nervous to downright terrified. For some people, their phobia is so extreme that they prefer to avoid the dentist altogether. The trouble with avoidance is that minor dental problems can progress into major ones and then getting them fixed is more invasive.

Nervous Patients in CamdenHere at Ace Dental, we would far rather that nervous patients in Camden came to see us and talked to us about their fears than they let their fear lead them down a path of decay and gum disease.

We are trained to be able to deal with nervous patients in a sympathetic manner, so if you are one of the 13%, please come in and see us. We will take the time to listen to your fears and set up a system of communication so that you can stop treatment and take a breather at any time.

As well as taking things slowly, we can also offer you a choice of sedation. Sedation is not an anaesthetic. What it does it calm you down and make you feel deeply relaxed so that you can float through treatment and not build up further trauma that might prevent you coming to the dentist again.

Inhalation sedation

This is a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide that you breathe in through a small mask that we place over your nose. It will calm you right down and you will be able to really relax throughout your treatment, while at the same time remaining awake and able to communicate with us. It wears off very quickly once you stop breathing it in, and you can quickly get on with your day after you leave us.

Intravenous sedation

This gives an even deeper form of sedation and is delivered straight into your bloodstream via a needle that goes into the back of your hand. You may fall asleep with this sedation, and you will need someone to drive you home afterwards, as you will feel quite groggy for a while.

Overcoming dental phobia in Camden

We all experience fear at some point in our lives. And while avoidance and denial may be reasonable reactions for certain fears, some others can lead to a dramatic decrease in quality of life, or even imperil your overall health.

Many dentists are aware of the increasing number of patients suffering from dental phobia in the UK. At Ace Dental in Camden, we understand that dental phobia, or the fear of any number of issues associated with visiting the dentist, is complex and absolutely valid. This is why we are committed to providing oral care in a friendly and relaxed environment for people who have trouble visiting the dentist.

Dental Phobia in CamdenAddressing dental phobia at an early stage is vital, since poor oral health can cause more serious problems and have a lasting effect on your general health as well. Indeed, neglecting your teeth and gums can result in complex last-minute treatments that can be very expensive.

Common causes of dental phobia

For most patients who are afraid to visit the dentist, their phobia is fuelled by perceptions of pain and discomfort. Some patients may have had a painful experience at the dentist in the past, whereas others are put off by the lack of control they experience in the dentist’s chair.

The truth is that modern dentistry today is not nearly as painful as it used to be. However, to reduce your anxiety, we can assure you we will listen to your concerns carefully and explain the procedure of your treatment in simple words.

Our services for a pain-free smile

We are sensitive to the needs of nervous patients and offer dental sedation options for comfortable and pain-free dental treatment. IV (intravenous) sedation is a great choice to consider if you are unable to receive dental treatment due to fear, pain, or other limitations. You dentist will simply inject the sedative in a controlled manner, ensuring relaxation throughout the treatment.

We also offer inhalation sedation, which is an ideal option for patients who dislike needles. Inhalation sedation is made of a mixture of mild sedative gases passed through a small mask over your nose and mouth.

Both sedation options will keep you awake throughout the treatment, but you will experience comfort and relaxation while our dentists work on your teeth.

Nervous patients and dental phobia

Are your nervous about visiting the dentist? You are not alone: fear of the dentist is the main reason people in the UK give for putting off dental treatment. At Ace Dental we understand the anxiety some people face when visiting the dentist. We also believe that everybody deserves a healthy, happy smile. By working with you we are confident that we can help you to overcome your fears to get the treatment you need and the smile you deserve.

nervous patientsThere are many triggers for fear and phobia of visiting the dentist. These range from bad past experiences to fear of needles, concern about not being in control during treatment to fear of the sounds of the drill. Whatever the cause of your fear, we believe that by giving you the time and space to discuss your concerns and by explaining treatments in an easy-to-understand, unrushed manner, we can help nervous patients to feel more relaxed about treatment.

All of our staff are sympathetic to patients’ fears and anxieties, and will do everything they can to help you feel at ease. Dental treatments have advanced greatly in recent years, and patient comfort remains at the heart of everything we do.

Please ask us any questions you may have and tell us of any concerns at any time – we are always happy to take the time to reassure you.

Many patients with dental fear or phobia find they benefit from treatment under sedation. At Ace Dental we have two options for conscious sedation – which means you will be awake and able to cooperate with your dentist, but relaxed and largely unaware of treatment. We’ll talk you through the options before treatment begins, so that we can decide together which is the best option for you.

Intravenous (IV) sedation involves a controlled injection of sedative drugs that will make you relaxed during treatment. You will be monitored at all times by our trained and experienced staff for your safety, and should bring a friend with you to drive you home and stay with you after treatment, as the sedatives will stay in your system for a few hours after your appointment.

Inhalation sedation, also known as gas and air, involves breathing in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen to give you a feeling of deep peace and calm during treatment. This is an excellent option if you are scared of needles, and the effects of sedation will wear off soon after treatment.

If you are nervous about visiting the dentist, please come and talk to us – we’re here to help.