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Dental Phobia And How We Can Help You Overcome It

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

585804_blogDental phobia is where the fear of dentistry is so extreme that sufferers refuse to attend check-ups or somehow prevent important treatments. Obviously, not attending check-ups and surgeries will have a pretty negative and potentially painful impact on the oral health of those suffering from dental phobia. Members of The British Dental Foundation found that a quarter of people admitted to being afraid of the dentist.

How can it be helped?

Phobias are, by their very definition, irrational. It would be quite easy to imagine someone being well aware that they need treatment – it’s just they also feel they won’t be able to go through with it. Thankfully, some methods of helping with dental phobia are available. One such technique is known as intravenous sedation.

What is intravenous sedation then?

Intravenous sedation makes you feel calm and untroubled by the dental procedure you are going through. You won’t be asleep, though you might find it hard to recall much of your treatment after it has finished. Some have even compared the effects of intravenous sedation to feeling a little drunk! During treatment, you will easily be able to react to questions your dentist has asked you.

How does it work?

IV sedation is gently injected. If you’re also afraid of needles, some clinics can provide a numbing cream for the site of the injection, but other approaches may need to be considered. The sedative is essentially applied through a very thin needle into a vein very close to the surface of your flesh.

Talk to us

We at City Dental Leeds will treat any concerns you have with the utmost respect. If you want to face your fears, then please contact one of our attentive staff members.


What Sedation Methods Are Available To Me?

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

1528196_blogMany dental patients feel apprehensive about undergoing treatment and even the thought of sitting in a dental chair is enough to make some feel incredibly anxious. Sedation is a technique, which can be hugely beneficial for those that suffer from dental phobia and dental anxiety and patients who require complex treatment. Sedation is commonly used in medicine and dentistry to help patients to feel more relaxed during a procedure; there are various forms available, including:

  • IV sedation: IV sedation is given intravenously, which means that it passes into the body through a vein in the arm. IV sedation takes effect very quickly.
  • Oral sedation: oral sedation involves administering sedative medication orally, so that the patient swallows a tablet. This form of sedation may be more appealing for those who have a phobia or fear of needles.
  • Inhalation: inhalation is a simple and hassle-free means of sedation, which can be helpful for those who feel anxious about having an injection. In this case, the sedative is inhaled through a mask.

The benefits of sedation

Sedation is highly beneficial for people who experience anxiety when they go to the dentist or think about having dental treatment. When you are sedated, you don’t feel any pain and you have limited awareness of what is going on; you won’t lose consciousness, but you will feel a little drowsy, calm and relaxed. As well as making you feel more relaxed during a procedure, sedation can also help to ease nerves in the run-up to a dental procedure, as you have peace of mind that you won’t feel any pain. Sedation can also help those who have had negative or painful experiences in the past because you usually don’t have much recollection of what happened once the effects of the medication wear off. Sedation is available for a range of different dental procedures; ask your dentist for more information.

What happens after sedation?

After the procedure is complete and the effects of the sedative start to wear off, your dentist will carry out some checks and you will be free to go home; you can’t drive for at least 24 hours after sedation, so you will need to arrange a lift with a friend or relative. It can take up to 24 hours for the effects to wear off completely and you should take time to rest and avoid exercise, operating machinery, making important decisions and drinking alcohol.

We Can Help You Conquer Your Dental Fear

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

585804_blogSurveys show that dental phobia is one of the most common fears around and we take dental anxiety very seriously. We recognise that some patients feel very nervous about going to the dentist and many avoid the dentist for prolonged periods of time because they are too scared to pick up the phone and make an appointment. If this sounds familiar to you, we are here to help. Our team has experience in providing first class standards of care for patients who suffer from dental phobia and serious anxiety and we offer treatment under sedation and the latest techniques to minimise stress and ensure optimum patient comfort.

At City Dental Leeds, we work with patients to help them gradually overcome their fears and we are here every step of the way to offer reassurance, answer questions and provide ongoing support. We offer clinic tours and consultations to enable patients to meet the team and get a feel for the practice. Our dental team is always on hand to answer questions and provide advice and we have the latest equipment on-site to provide the best treatment outcomes. We also offer treatment under sedation.

About sedation

Sedation is used commonly in medicine and dentistry as a means of helping patients to feel more comfortable when they have a procedure. Sedation makes you feel very relaxed and calm and prevents you from feeling discomfort. It helps to ease your fears and block out pain without the risks of general anaesthetic. Under sedation, you will be conscious, but you will feel drowsy. After the procedure, the effects of the sedative will start to wear off and you’ll feel more alert. We recommend asking a friend or family member to come to the clinic with you and drive you home, as you should not drive for 24 hours after sedation.

If you would like to find out more about sedation or treatment for nervous patients at City Dental Leeds, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Daunting Dental Appointments a Thing Of The Past with Sedation in Leeds

Friday, March 7th, 2014

4361359_blogDo you dread going to the dentist? Have you missed your last few appointments because you can’t bear the thought of sitting in the dental chair? If this sounds like you, we can help. Sedation is a very effective treatment for nervous patients.

What is sedation?

Sedation is a treatment used to help patients feel more relaxed when they require dental treatment. Sedatives induce a state of calm and prevent patients from feeling any pain and they can help prevent patients from feeling nervous in the run-up to a procedure, as well as during treatment.

There are various methods of sedation, including inhalation, oral sedation and IV (intravenous) sedation.

Sedation is often compared to anaesthetic, but it is not the same as having general anaesthetic because you remain conscious during the procedure. If you want to, you will be able to talk to your dentist during treatment.

After sedation, it’s normal to feel a little sleepy and it takes up to 24 hours for the full effects of the medication to wear off.

If you have dental anxiety or dental phobia, don’t suffer in silence. We can help to make daunting dental appointments a thing of the past and enable you to have the treatment you need without any fear.