It is widespread for people to experience some degree of stress or anxiety before or during a dental visit. Dental phobia is a valid condition and can be treated with a compassionate and tailored approach to treatment.
What are the signs and causes of dental anxiety?
Avoiding routine dental visits
Fear of needles
Past difficulties with anaesthesia
Strong gag reflex
Difficulty sitting still during an appointment
A dislike of the sights, sounds, and smells of a dental practice
Fear of judgement because of the condition of your teeth or poor oral hygiene
How can you help me overcome my dental anxiety?
At Banning Dental Practice, we offer a range of methods to help you alleviate your anxiety. Our primary goal is to increase your comfort and improve your overall experience when visiting the dentist.
Our focus on holistic dentistry allows us to:
Be supportive and work at your pace while being sympathetic to your needs.
Explain the treatment you need and how it will progress.
Structure your visits, so they are less stressful for you.
Administer injections using The Wand®, an innovative system that uses computer-controlled delivery to numb only the affected tooth.
Offer a range of sedation options to make you feel more relaxed.
Are you nervous about visiting the dentist? Let us know you are feeling apprehensive at your initial consultation, and we will ensure you feel comfortable and cared for during your appointments.
Our practice uses the CompuDent system and The Wand® device to help alleviate anxiety and discomfort for our patients when numbing a treatment area.
The Wand® is a computer-controlled device that resembles a pen and delivers a steady flow of anaesthesia, providing a slower, more comfortable numbing experience. It also minimises the unnecessary numbing of the cheek, tongue, and lip areas.
You may be afraid of dental treatment because you anticipate that it will hurt, to the point where you become hypersensitive to every sensation. In this case, you might benefit from a sedative to help you relax.
We offer oral, inhalation, and intravenous sedation. The method you choose depends on your comfort level and desired experience. Being sedated helps you to relax during the procedure, allowing us to work more quickly and efficiently.
What is oral sedation?
Oral sedation is a popular option for many patients with moderate to severe dental anxiety because it does not involve needles. Oral sedatives can be swallowed in pill form or dissolved under the tongue.
You will remain conscious throughout the treatment but feel relaxed. After the procedure, you will feel drowsy. It will take several hours for the sedation to wear off, so you will need a chaperone to escort you home.
What is inhalation sedation?
Commonly known as “laughing gas,” inhalation sedation uses a colourless blend of oxygen and nitrous oxide gases administered through a mask placed over your nose.
As you inhale the gas, you will experience a feeling of euphoria, making the administration of anaesthetic injections more comfortable. Inhalation sedation is also helpful for patients with a strong gag reflex. Nitrous oxide wears off almost immediately, with no side effects or lingering recovery time.
What is intravenous sedation?
With this type of sedation, medication is administered directly into the bloodstream via an IV in the hand or arm. Patients often have no recollection of the treatment and are unable to respond to commands, even if they are awake at points during the procedure.
Patients who receive this type of sedation must have a friend or family member accompany them to the appointment. It can take several hours for the sedative to wear off, so you will not be permitted to travel home alone.
Is sedation dentistry safe?
Patients who undergo sedation dentistry are carefully monitored, and all vital signs are reviewed. They are given time to wake up and rest for a while in the recovery room, and they will only be discharged into the care of a chaperone when they are fully alert.
The Banning Dental Practice employs a team of dentists who specialise in sedation dentistry to provide our nervous patients with an anxiety-free dental experience. Contact us if you have any questions or concerns about sedation dentistry.Back to Treatment