Exploring sedation dentistry for nervous dental patients

Sedation dentistry has grown in popularity and availability in recent years, as an increasing number of dentists develop a better understanding of the needs of nervous dental patients. At The Evergreen Dental Centre in Reading the whole team is sympathetic to and respectful of the needs of anxious, nervous, and phobic patients.

sedation-dentistry-readingHowever, we don’t think that it has to be a barrier to treatment in the modern day and age, and find that sedation dentistry from an empathic and caring Reading dentist is often the best solution for helping nervous patients get back to good oral health.

What causes fear of the dentist?

Fear, anxiety, and phobia surrounding dental treatment has many causes, and at our Reading dental practice we think that sedation dentistry is an excellent option in the vast majority of cases.

Regularly-cited causes of fear of the dentist include:

A negative childhood experience

The whole team at our Reading clinic is experienced in working with children, and aim to make every child’s experience of a dental practice a positive one. However, in the past not all dentists were so skilled in working with youngsters, and a bad experience as a child can resound throughout your life.

Specific triggers

Certain noises, sights, even smells can prove a trigger for some nervous patients. At our Reading clinic we make sure any common triggers – such as sharp instruments or the drill – are not in sight when you enter the surgery.

Fear of judgement

It’s common to fear that you will be judged if your anxiety has caused your oral health to fall into less than perfect condition. At our Reading clinic we will never judge any patient. Instead we will talk you through your sedation dentistry options to get you back to health.

Reading sedation dentistry

There are two options for sedation dentistry at our Reading clinic. These are:

  • Inhalation sedation, which involves breathing in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen through a small mask. This is a good option if needles are a trigger for you.
  • Intravenous sedation, which is delivered via a small needle in your hand/arm, and is a stronger form of sedation dentistry.

Sedation dentistry for nervous dental patients

Sedation dentistry is helping scores of nervous dental patients in Reading to get the treatment they need to restore their oral health. The Evergreen Dental Centre in Reading is committed to working with nervous, anxious, and phobic patients not just to get them back to health, but also to enable them to achieve the smile they’ve always wanted, but which fear has previously stood in the way of. Using sedation dentistry is an excellent option in this scenario.

sedation-dentistryCauses of dental anxiety

Lots of people are scared of dentists, and there are numerous reasons cited for this fear. A lot of people have a negative experience during childhood, which is why at The Evergreen Dental Centre in Reading we encourage you to bring your child to the dentist from an early age, so that we can ensure they have only positive experiences.

Other common causes of anxiety and phobia include specific triggers – from drills and needles to the feel of Latex gloves or even the smell of a dental practice – along with fears of being judged, or about what future treatment may involve.

You will never be judged at our Reading clinic, because this is counterproductive. We understand how unpleasant dental fear and phobia can be, producing panic attacks and other unpleasant symptoms in many patients.

How sedation dentistry can help

The only thing we are concerned about at our Reading clinic is helping you get back to full oral health, and to maintain it going forward. Sedation dentistry is often the best solution.

There are two options for sedation dentistry at our Reading practice. The first is inhalation sedation, which involves breathing in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen to induce a state of deep relaxation. Inhalation sedation is an excellent option if needles trigger your fear. The effects of this type of sedation wear off shortly after treatment is complete.

The second option for sedation dentistry is intravenous sedation. With this method, the sedatives are delivered directly into your bloodstream via a small needle in your hand or arm. You will be monitored throughout treatment, and a friend will need to drive you home afterwards.

Can a dentist really stop me snoring? Surprising problems your dentist can help with

Whilst a dentist is well-known for looking after the health of your teeth and gums, there are other less-well-known complaints that your dentist may also be able to help with – from headaches to snoring. The Evergreen Dental Clinic in Reading offers a wide range of general dental treatments, including some options to help with some of these lesser-known issues.

stop-snoringHow your dentist can help with snoring

Snoring is a common problem. In fact, we all snore sometimes – if we have a heavy cold or sinus infection, for example. This type of snoring is temporary and, whilst it may be annoying for anyone we happen to share a bedroom with, it’s nothing to worry about because it will clear up when the underlying illness does.

Some people, however, experience chronic snoring, and some even stop breathing for short periods during the night. Obstructive sleep apnoea is a series condition that can cause the suffer to snore heavily and to wake up many times during the night because their airway is totally obstructed.

At our Reading dental clinic our dentist can create a custom-made mouthpiece or oral device that will stop the lower jaw from dropping back when you sleep, keeping your airway open.

Headaches and jaw problems

Your Reading dentist can also help with a range of jaw problems, including headaches. At first you may wonder what your jaw has to do with your persistent headaches and/or migraines, but if you have pursued other avenues without joy, it is worth mentioning the problem to your dentist.

Problems with your temporomandibular joint in your jaw, caused by a malocclusion or “bad bite”. Your “bite” is how the jaws meet together and when they don’t meet properly it can cause issues with the temporomandibular joint, resulting in night-time tooth grinding (bruxism) which can in turn result in headaches, neck ache, migraines, and a number of other issues.

At Evergreen Dental Centre in Reading, your dentist may be able to prescribe a custom-made device to prevent you grinding your teeth at night. Your dentist will also explore possible orthodontic solutions, and will check that existing bridgework is in good condition.

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How a dentist can restore damaged and broken teeth

There are several ways that a dentist can address the problem of damaged or broken teeth. The Evergreen Dental Centre in Reading offers a number of highly realistic options for restoring your teeth, with conscious sedation an option for patients who are scared of the dentist.

restore-broken-teethTeeth get broken for a variety of reasons. Even with the best-laid plans (such as wearing a sports mouthguard when playing any type of sport) accidents can happen. Blows to the head or face frequently result in broken or otherwise damaged teeth. Often, this requires the services of an emergency dentist; our Reading dental clinic tries to see emergency cases on the same day whenever possible – contact our team straight away on 0118 966 9991 if you have broken one or more teeth.

Our emergency dental services covers both patients of the practice and those who are not registered with our team but need an emergency dentist in Reading.

What your Reading dentist can do

There are several options available to your Reading dentist to restore broken and/or damaged teeth. A number of factors come into play when deciding the best treatment. These include:

  • The amount of damage
  • The cause of tooth breakage
  • The location of your tooth in your mouth
  • Your general dental health

Sometimes, a dentist is able to use composite bonding (white filling material) to stick the broken pieces of tooth back together. White fillings themselves can be a good option for restoring a damaged tooth in some circumstances, depending on the location of the affected tooth and the cause and amount of damage.

When decay has played a role in your tooth breakage, white fillings may be a good option. Your dentist will first remove all traces of decay before filling the tooth.

In cases of more extensive damage, particularly affecting the back teeth, your Reading dentist may recommend a crown. Crowns can be matched to the natural colour of your teeth, and will require at least two appointments at our Reading clinic.

A mildly chipped or cracked tooth isn’t usually an emergency scenario but should still be checked out. For front teeth, veneers may be recommended.

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The vital role your dentist plays in looking after your general health

You probably know that your dentist plays an important part in looking after your oral health, but did you know that regular visits to a dental practice are vital to your general health and wellbeing, too? Reading clinic the Evergreen Dental Centre provides a full range of general and preventative dental treatments, and welcomes new patients for consultation.

general-dentistryIf fear of the dentist has caused your dental health to fall into less than perfect condition, the Evergreen Dental Centre in Reading can help. We offer dental treatment under sedation to help you conquer your fears and get back to healthy condition.

We have a firm focus on preventative dentistry at our Reading clinic. This means, ideally, preventing problems from arising in the first place, and treating them promptly if they do occur. Early intervention helps to make treatment simpler, less invasive, and less expensive.

Often, common conditions such as gum disease and tooth decay have few early warning signs for you to spot at home. Your Reading dentist will use early detection techniques to spot such conditions before they have had the chance to become series. Using x-rays, the dentist will check that teeth really are as healthy on the inside as they appear on the outside, including looking under any existing crowns, veneers, or other restorations.

Dental decay and gum disease are two primary causes of tooth loss. Missing teeth affect your physical and mental wellbeing, making it difficult to eat and having a negative impact on your self-image and your confidence.

In addition, gum disease has been linked to a number of serious health concerns, including heart and lung disease, so prompt intervention is key.

Your Reading dentist will also look for early warning signs of mouth cancer. As with any type of cancer, catching it quickly will vastly increase your chances of making a full recovery.

The dentist can also help with a wide range of problems, including snoring, which can damage relationships as well as causing problems for the snorer. Sometimes, conditions such as migraines, ear ache, neck, shoulder and back pain can be caused by jaw issues, which your dentist can put right.

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Are you scared of the dentist? Here’s how to get the treatment you need

Being scared of the dentist is a common problem, affecting approximately one in ten adults in the UK to the extent that they put off routine dental treatment. At The Evergreen Dental Centre in Reading we are experienced in working with nervous dental patients to help them get both the treatment they need and the smile they’ve always wanted.

cosmetic-dentistFear of the dentist has a wide range of causes. It could stem from a negative experience of dentistry during childhood, or could involve a specific trigger such as the sound of the drill. Some patients are anxious about what treatment will involve, whilst others believe the dentist will judge them if their oral health has fallen into poor condition.

At The Evergreen Dental Centre in Reading we will never judge patients. This would only be counter-productive, and could result in future visits to the dentist being even less likely.

Instead, we aim to transform your feelings about visiting the dentist and show you that in the 21st Century, the experience is nothing to be afraid of. We will listen carefully to your concerns and work with you to beat them, once and for all, so that we can help you back to full oral health.

Many people who haven’t visited a dentist in decades are pleasantly surprised to learn about the advances made since their last visit. Modern dentistry is pain-free, and at our Reading clinic we aim to make it a smooth and even pleasant experience.

One approach that we find works well at our Reading dental practice is to carry out treatment under conscious sedation. This does not mean you will be asleep as you would be with general anaesthetic, but you will be in a state of deep peace and relaxation, and will find the thought of having dental treatment suddenly doesn’t bother you in the slightest. The majority of people remember little about their treatment afterwards.

Your dentist and dental nurse will monitor you carefully at all stages of treatment, because your comfort and safety is paramount to us. Our staff are specially trained in safe dental sedation.

Let sedation dentistry help you back to oral health

Sedation dentistry has helped scores of nervous, anxious, and phobic dental patients just like you to get much needed treatment, giving them back their oral health. Reading clinic The Evergreen Dental Centre fully understands and empathises with the needs of nervous patients, but we do not think that in 2016 it should be a barrier to treatment. Sedation dentistry is an excellent way to combat your fears, not just to get you back to health but also to give you the smile you’ve always dreamt of but believed to be beyond your reach.

sedation-dentistryIf you are scared of the dentist it is easy to think you are on your own. However, statistics prove otherwise; one in ten adults in the UK is so anxious about dental treatment that they simply refuse to go until an emergency occurs. This can sadly become something of a self-fulfilling prophecy, as dental emergencies can be painful and often necessitate more invasive treatments to put right. The sad thing is that they could have been avoided by regular check-ups.

There are two options for sedation dentistry at our Reading clinic, and we will work with you to help find the best one to suit your needs.

Sedation dentistry is carried out by fully qualified professionals in our modern Reading practice, and our team of dentists and nurses will ensure that you are comfortable and safe at all times during your treatment.

Reading sedation dentistry

The first sedation dentistry option at our Reading clinic is intravenous sedation, which is delivered in a controlled manner via a small needle in the back of your hand or arm. Because the sedatives are delivered directly to your blood stream, this type of sedation dentistry takes effect almost instantaneously.

The second option for sedation dentistry at our Reading practice is inhalation sedation, which is an excellent choice if needles are one of your triggers. A small mask is placed over your nose and mouth and you will breathe in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen, ensuring that you feel calm and relaxed during treatment.

Both of our sedation dentistry options will induce feelings of deep peace.

Why fear of the dentist no longer needs to prevent you getting treatment

Fear of the dentist is a very common problem, affecting approximately one in ten adults in the UK to the extent that they will not visit a dental practice for even a check-up. At The Evergreen Dental Centre in Reading, we fully empathise with the needs of nervous patients, and are committed to working with you to beat your fears, whatever the cause might be.

sedation-dentistryThere are numerous reasons that people give for being afraid of the dentist. They may have had a negative experience at a dental practice during their childhood, or could be triggered by a specific sight, sound, or even smell. Some people are anxious the dentist will judge them if their oral health has fallen into poor condition, whilst others are scared of being out of control of the situation. Others still cannot identify a specific trigger for their fear.

At The Evergreen Dental Centre in Reading, we will not judge you if fear or phobia of the dentist has proved a barrier to treatment and caused your oral health to suffer. Whatever causes your fear, we will work with you to beat it and help you get your health back. If you worry about being out of control of the situation, your dentist can reassure you by letting you know that if you raise your hand at any time during treatment, it means you need a break.

Many patients who are afraid of the dentist have not visited a practice in decades, and are pleasantly surprised at how dental treatment has changed. Modern dentistry is pain free thanks to advances in techniques and materials.

At our Reading dental practice, we also offer sedation dentistry. This involves the use of sedative drugs to induce a feeling of deep relaxation and peace. You won’t be asleep, thus can cooperate with your dentist as needed, but will feel no pain and will remember little about treatment.

There are two dental sedation options at our Reading clinic: intravenous sedation, which is delivered via a small needle, and inhalation sedation, which involves breathing in the sedative, and is a good choice if needles are a trigger.

How your dentist can repair and restore damaged teeth

You should always consult a dentist if you break or otherwise damage a tooth, no matter how slight a chip or crack might seem. The Evergreen Dental Centre in Reading offers a number of ways to repair and restore your teeth, to ensure they are both functional and aesthetically appealing.

restore-damage-teethOften, a broken tooth requires an emergency dentist. If the breakage is severe, if it is causing a lot of pain, or if the tooth has sharp edges that could cut your tongue, contact The Evergreen Dental Centre in Reading straight away on 0118 966 9991. We will always try to get you in to see the dentist on the same day.

For small chips and cracks, you can usually wait until the next standard appointment becomes available, although you should take extra care when brushing your tooth and should avoid using it to bite or chew food until you have seen the dentist.

Even a small chip or crack needs to be dealt with, because it can let bacteria into the centre of the tooth, causing infection. An infection of the pulp of the tooth is a serious problem and can often be painful. If this has happened, you will need to see your dentist for root canal treatment, which is designed to cleanse all traces of infection from your tooth before it is permanently filled.

Reading broken tooth solutions

Your Reading dentist has a number of options available to repair a broken tooth. Sometimes, if a tooth is damaged in an accident, it is possible to bond it back together. If you still have the broken off part of the tooth, bring it to your appointment at our Reading dental centre.

Other options include using composite bonding to rebuild your tooth, which involves the use of white filling material and is a good option for front teeth. Minor chips and cracks on the front teeth can sometimes be reinforced and masked with the use of a single porcelain veneer.

For more extensive damage and broken back teeth, your dentist may use a porcelain inlay or onlay, which provides extra strength. Crowns may also be used for teeth in need of reinforcement.

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How your dentist can replace your missing teeth

Ask any dentist about missing teeth and they will always tell you that they must be replaced. At The Evergreen Dental Centre in Reading we offer a number of different options for patients who have lost one or more teeth. When you come for a consultation, your dentist will conduct a clinical examination before talking through the pros and cons of all suitable tooth replacement options.

dental-implants-readingWhy do I need to replace a lost tooth?

It’s true that some people may be happy to live with a gap if one of their teeth is lost, through accident, injury, decay or gum disease. But it’s not advisable. There are obvious aesthetic and self-confidence issues associated with having a gap-toothed smile, but there are also other health factors to take into consideration.

As soon as you lose a tooth, all of your remaining teeth will be subjected to increasing strain. Those teeth – particularly in the vicinity of the gap(s) – are also in danger of becoming twisted and crooked, making them harder to keep clean and ultimately increasing your risk of further tooth loss. When many teeth are missing, speech and diet are usually impacted.

What can my dentist do?

When you come into our Reading dental practice, your dentist will take a number of factors into account when suggesting tooth replacements. These may include the general condition of your oral health, how many teeth are missing and where they have been lost from, your personal preference and lifestyle.

Reading tooth replacements

The Evergreen Dental Centre in Reading has a number of different options for tooth replacement. Depending on your situation, your dentist may recommend:

A dental bridge

Traditional bridgework requires support from adjacent teeth, so they need to be healthy, strong, and free from large fillings.


Dentures may be full or partial, and can replace several or all of your natural teeth. Your dentist will ensure they are perfectly contoured to fit your individual requirements.

Dental implants

These are often our tooth replacement option of choice at our Reading clinic. Small titanium screws that replace the tooth roots, your dentist can use them to permanently replace lost teeth. Crowns, a bridge, or dentures will be attached.

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