Ace Dental

1 May 2016

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.

There 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.

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