The Calming Influences of Sedation Dentistry
Whether you’re visiting a dental clinic for a dental implant in Richmond, or even a routine check-up, it’s only natural to feel slightly apprehensive about what’s going to happen. However for some, apprehension gives way to anxiety and in certain cases it’s intensified so much that it prevents them from even setting foot inside a dentists clinic, even though they may be in need of dental care. Whilst not everyone is in this situation, those who are considering dental implants as an option for missing teeth may already know that it does entail a surgical procedure and may therefore be concerned about what to expect. The good news is that using the very latest advances in sedation dentistry, patients can be made to feel calm, relaxed and most importantly experience pain-free dentistry.
So how does it help the patient?
Unlike a general anaesthetic which was widely used in the past for invasive dental surgery, sedation dentistry doesn’t put the patient to sleep. Whereas it’s agreed that under a local anaesthetic a patient remains awake throughout the whole process, they may still feel tense and anxious which can hinder the dental process. Sedation dentistry or conscious sedation as it’s otherwise known falls somewhere in between the two. After administration a patient remains awake and is able to comply with the needs of the dentist but they also feel in a relaxed and care-free state of mind. Many patients who have experienced sedation dentistry state that they were surprised at how quickly the surgery was over and that they felt no pain at all.
So how is it administered?
There are various ways in which a patient can receive sedation. Firstly it can be administered intravenously. This is done in a controlled way and can be tweaked or adjusted according to the patient. The second way is through nitrous oxide. More commonly known as laughing gas it’s been used in dental procedures for many years. However, rather than breathing it in via the mouth it’s inhaled via a tiny nose piece. Again the dosage can be regulated. Unlike other forms of anaesthetic patients recover from sedation quickly usually within 15 minutes and therefore won’t feel groggy for a day or so after the event.
What other uses does it have?
Other than for surgical procedures such as root canals and dental implants, in Richmond, at Sheen Dental we’ve found that it can be used in significantly smaller doses in non-surgical situations. An example might be a check up or inspection and polish to help extremely nervous patients feel calm and relaxed. For these reasons, not only can we offer people pain-free dentistry, but we can also offer anxiety-free dentistry too.
If you’re thinking about dental implants in Richmond, but are worried about the procedures involved, then come and speak to us. At Sheen Dental, Dr Harmit Kalsi and the team offer a free, no obligation consultation, where you can meet us and get any questions or concerns answered for total peace-of-mind. Call us on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk today.