CAN I ALLEVIATE MY FEAR OF THE DENTIST?
Some people are so frightened of the dentist that they avoid dental treatment altogether but our dentists, and the whole team at Redhouse, are sympathetic and in recognising that some patients experience real anxiety. Fortunately we know exactly how to help you.
We use a range of ways to alleviate your fears including relaxation and Redhouse also offers sedation for very anxious patients.
What is sedation?
An effective way to treat the most nervous of patients is via intravenous sedation (injection). This has a relaxing and calming effect but means that we can still talk to you and you can communicate with the dentist. So treatment can still be carried out easily. Weight, age and medical condition must be assessed before suitability for this kind of sedation is determined but this would all be discussed during your consultation with the dentist.
How will iv sedation in the surgery affect me?
While IV sedation will make you drowsy and unaware of the treatment you are undergoing, you will remain lucid enough to communicate and cooperate with the dental team. The effects of the sedative will take time to wear off and you won’t be able to drink alcohol, drive or work machinery during this time so it is important that someone can help you home after treatment and keep a careful eye on you for sometime afterwards. Your dentist will tell you how long it will be before the drugs are completely clear from your body.
Will I ever feel differently about visiting the dentist?
It is highly likely! As you get to know and trust your dentist, hygienist and other members of the dental team at Redhouse, your fears will lessen. Redhouse is especially proud of its reputation for caring for nervous patients. We are happy to report that the vast majority of them now have little or no concerns about visiting the dentist.