Let’s be honest; few people enjoy attending dental check-ups.
And if they do, it is usually because they are looking to enquire about cosmetic options that they can have to add vibrancy to their smiles.
But if you are like the 7 out of 10 dental patients who feel apprehensive or even scared when it comes to attending your dentist, then you may be planning to avoid any check-up altogether. Sadly, this isn’t wise and can result in a worsening of dental issues that you may already have.
So, what can you do? Luckily, you don’t have to really do anything. All dental surgeries are now equipped to help nervous and phobic dental patients, so you can have your teeth examined without feeling nervous.
At Kings Dental Subiaco, we are proud of the variety of options we can offer our phobic patients and we will always aim to ensure that you feel comfortable while in our care. We take dental phobias very seriously and will work with you to help you gradually build your confidence while in the dental chair, so one day that phobia will be a thing of the past. Now that's what you want from a dentist!
But what are some of the options that our team at Kings Dental Subiaco can offer you in the meantime? Read on to find out!
First we must note that if you come to our team at Kings Dental Subiaco and want to be provided with oral (tablet) sedatives, we must advise you to talk to your general practitioner first.
Our team will be able to offer you an oral sedative that belongs to a group of medications called benzodiazepines; these will allow you to feel relaxed in the dental chair, but the effect is likely to last the entire day. And so, you must ensure that you have a friend or family member to pick you up afterwards.
Nitrous oxide or laughing gas is another option we can provide.
Inhaled through a mask, this helps you to feel calm while our team performs their check-up or treatment. The effects are short-lived and generally wear off once you have the mask taken off. Just to be safe, we must advise you to refrain from driving for at least 24 hours, as we do with all forms of sedation that we offer.
If you want a more removed experience while in the chair, we can offer you intravenous (IV) sedation.
This will promote extreme relaxation but, like the oral sedatives, you will need someone to take you home afterwards and you must refrain from driving for at least 48 hours.
In cases of severe dental phobias, we can offer you general anaesthesia so you will be completely ‘knocked-out’ for the treatment.
This sedation option will not be performed in surgery. However, our team is linked to multiple dental day surgeries where you can have this option overseen by the appropriate medical team, such as an anaesthesiologist.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.