Are you worried about visiting the dentist? If the answer is yes, you’re not alone. Many people feel anxious about visiting the dentist, and some suffer from extreme dental anxiety. However, we have seen numerous nervous patients walk through our doors and know how to treat them with a gentle, understanding touch. Here at Westbury Dental Care and Dental Implant Centre, we take great pride in treating nervous patients.
We begin with nothing more painful than a chat and take you through our various procedures so that you know exactly what to expect when you come to visit us on appointment day. Just tell us what you are worried about and we will tailor any treatment to suit you. The choice of pain relief, your style of music and even the length of your appointment is all in your hands and your comfort is our priority. When choosing a local dentist that you can trust and rely on, it’s important to do thorough research beforehand. Here are just a few of our best tips for nervous patients:
Choose a dentist you feel comfortable with.
- Visit us before your appointment and tell the dentist how you feel.
- Try our relaxation techniques.
- Request medication for pain or anxiety.
- Tell us if you would like treatment to slow down or stop at any time.
Intravenous Sedation is a safe and highly effective technique to treat nervous patients by placing an injection at the back of your hand. The drugs have a relaxing and calming effect but do not stop communication between yourself and the dentist. Weight, age and medical conditions are assessed before suitability for intravenous sedation. This service is provided by arrangement only at Westbury Dental Care and Implant Centre and intravenous sedation is one of the most used sedation treatments used for patients that are nervous before treatments. Furthermore, if you are having a treatment such as tooth extraction, where pushing and pulling is part of the process, intravenous sedation will really help you to fully relax.
Oral sedation is a popular treatment option for many people because it does not require the use of additional needles. Sedative tablets (dependent on patients’ medical condition) are given before the treatment to dull the senses so you feel much calmer and relaxed. If you also have a fear of injections, then oral sedation is the next best alternative. Oral sedation makes you feel fully relaxed and slightly drowsy, although you will still be awake. This is the type of anesthesia most commonly associated with sedation dentistry.
Patients all around the country fear visiting the dentist. Whether this is because of a negative experience in the past or just a general phobia, we can work with you to get over the general fear. As well as offering options for both oral and intravenous sedations, we will also offer expert advice that has worked for hundreds of previously fearful patients. It all starts with a chat as we invite you into our practice to talk through your fears and talk you through measures we can put in place to combat the fears. For really fearful patients, we will show you relaxation techniques and techniques for distraction during treatment to take your mind off things.
We will always listen carefully to all of your concerns and will take your fears seriously. We are here to help you achieve the best possible dental health outcomes and work closely with you to make this a possibility. No matter how nervous or anxious you feel about visiting us or how embarrassed you are about the condition of your teeth, we will always find a way to help.
If you don’t feel ready to make an appointment, please feel free to email us with any questions or concerns. Or you can request a call from one of our dentists and make that first contact with us from the comfort of your own home.