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At Westmount Dental Surgery we appreciate that a visit to the dentist can be daunting for some. We care about our patients and want you to feel as comfortable as possible during your stay. If you do feel nervous or anxious about having treatment or seeing a dentist, please do not hesitate to contact us so that we can help to make your visit as stress-free as possible. We endeavour to provide all our clients with a positive experience and will do all we can to help you relax.
As part of anxiety management is the option of sedation therapy. This is not general anaesthetic but does induce a complete state of relaxation. The patient will not lose consciousness and the procedure is much less risky than general anaesthetic. Sedation prevents pain and anxiety and the patient will have no recollection of the procedure.Read more
Who would benefit from Anxiety Management?
For many, the prospect of having dental treatment is unpleasant and unnerving. That is why we offer sedation therapy to help patients feel completely relaxed during the treatment process. Anyone who suffers from anxiety or dental phobia would benefit from this treatment, as it is often these people who leave oral problems to get worse. Many come to us with tooth decay and gum disease because they are too fearful to get treatment. The treatment also works for people who have sensitive teeth and are unable to sit through treatments that cause a lot of pain and discomfort.
What does the procedure involve?
Sedation offers patients a chance to get the treatment they need but in a dreamlike state. There are different types of sedation techniques which include:
- Oral conscious sedation: your dentist will give you a sedation pill to take the night before the procedure and another on the morning to induce a relaxed state.
- Inhalation sedation: this is sometimes described as laughing gas and can be used according to specific timeframes and has no side-effects.
- IV sedation: this uses an injection encased in a tube which administers the drug into the body.
In all cases, the patient will be administered the sedation in order for them to feel relaxed and anxiety-free during treatment.
Does the treatment hurt?
Treatment isn't painful as it is used to stop any pain during dental procedures, as well as letting the patient feel relaxed so that they can have the treatment they need.
How long does it last?
Treatment time depends on the treatment taking place. The patient will often feel the effects of sedation after treatment has finished, and it is advised that patients having sedation treatment get someone to pick them up after the procedure as they may still feel woozy and sleepy.
Advantages of Sedation
Patients who undergo sedation can be free from the fear and anxiety that may have stopped them seeking treatment before. Patients often undergo several treatments at once under sedation so they don't have to have as many treatments over time. Any problems can be treated and oral health can be maintained once again.
Disadvantages of sedation
Some people are also scared of sedation itself so this is no use to them. Certain medications that patients may be using are not compatible with sedation and so again this would not be of use. Some people are scared of the dentist themselves rather than the procedures, but our team's kind nature and helping hand is readily available for all our patients. Sedation also means that you will not be able to drive yourself home, and the effects of sedation may last longer than the treatment.
Cost of Sedation
Anxiety management is a form of dental treatment our team has a wealth of experience in. It is not only about the option of sedation but actually giving patients a level of dentistry that is caring and attentive; we will always go the extra mile to help our patients. For those who would like to choose the option of sedation the price per session is £100.