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.
However, 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.
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.
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.