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Sedation

Scared of the dentist? Transform Smiles can help you…

We understand that going to the dentist can be a nerve racking experience. Transform Smiles specialise in treating patients who are nervous or have dental phobias.We do everything we can to help you relax and use Intravenous (IV) sedation which will promote temporary memory loss and relaxation for the duration of your treatment.

IV Sedation can be used for:

  • Oral surgery procedures
  • Long and / or complex treatments
  • Implant placement
  • Strong gag reflex
  • Fear of drills and needles
  • Fear of choking, pain and dental smells
  • Orthodontic extractions
  • TM joint problems
  • All dental treatments
  • Adults and children aged 12+

Pre-treatment consultation

Prior to carrying out any dental treatment under sedation, all patients must have a consultation in order to review medical history and explain the procedures.

Transform Smiles has certified Dentists in SAAD for Safe Practice Sedation Evaluation in the UK.

 

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Sedation - IV Sedation

The aim of sedation is to make nervous dental patients feel comfortable, totally relaxed and safe during a dental procedure. Administration of the sedatives and analgesia results in you becoming drowsy and sleepy, pain free, and probably amnesic such that you will have very little recollection of the dentistry being carried out. Communication is possible if necessary during the visit because even though you are completely relaxed and unconcerned, you are not completely unconscious at any point in time.

Patients remain aware of their surroundings but are less responsive to external stimuli like the sound of the drill or the smell of materials. You are monitored throughout the procedure by a qualified professional to ensure your safety, and a seditionist will stay with you all the time.

Recovery after sedation is much faster than with general anaesthesia. For these reasons patient satisfaction is very high after conscious sedation - a recent survey of the experiences and satisfaction of patients who had sedation show that 99.5% of patients would take sedation again if they have a choice.

Doctors weigh a number of factors carefully to assess which drug will be the safest choice in a unique situation for a particular individual. Sedatives are given to patients in a variety of ways such as by mouth, under the tongue, inhaled through the nose or intravenously (through the veins).

Sedation - Nervous Patients

One of our patients didn't go to a dentist for ten years due to his dental phobia but after seeing one of our dentists, who treated him the way we treat all our clients, he finally got over the fear of dentistry.

Be assured that you are far from alone and we have treated hundreds of people in your situation and they keep coming back! We recognise that dental phobia can be a real issue which affects your oral health over the long term. One visit to envisage dental and we promise to help you overcome the fear of the dentist. Before you even sit in the chair we discuss any anxieties you may have and take these on board when treating you – we want you to be in control.

We will offer painless dentistry with early intervention to help prevent irreversible gum disease, painful dental abscesses or extensive dental treatment. Why not pop in for a tea or coffee to meet our team and decide yourself!

Sedation - Pain Free Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry is an ideal solution for those who suffer from dental phobia. It is used by dentists to perform dental surgery on patients in a stress-free way and enables many patients to overcome their fear of the dentist. It really is important to be aware of sedation dentistry if you suffer from dental phobia, because neglecting your teeth by not visiting the dentist can mean harmful lasting effects to your oral health, and will often result in severe last minute surgery which can be expensive and potentially painful.

Many kinds of dental treatments can use sedation dentistry, allowing patients with different types of dental phobia to relax and not have to suffer the usual apprehension which they experience when visiting the dentist. Choosing the right sedation dentist for you is an important task, especially as dentist training does not cover sedation dentistry in great detail. Ask your dentist about their experience in the sedation dentistry and how many times they have performed the procedure. Do not be afraid to ask hard, detailed questions to your dentist, ask exactly how you will be sedated and how you will be monitored whilst you are sedated. Also, remember to ask your dentist how you should prepare for your treatment, and instructions on what to do after your treatment.

Sedation -Dental Anxiety Advice

Many people feel anxious about visiting the dentist – and some avoid visiting altogether. Our friendly and caring team have extensive experience in calming nerves and phobias. By combining our skill with the very latest modern techniques, we guarantee that you will have a positive and pain free experience from start to finish.

It is natural to be anxious when undergoing any major treatment. Having trust and confidence in your dental practice and your dentist combined with knowledge of your options helps a great deal. Research also shows many patients don’t like the smell, the sounds and the memories of a dentist from childhood – although private dentistry has now moved on dramatically since then. Don’t worry, we can still help you gain your smile!

Some of the top dental anxiety techniques and methods for coping with dental anxiety and dental phobia include:

  • Meditation: A relaxation of mind and body musculature.
  • Audio distraction: For many, wearing headphones can help to block out much of the dental noises that increase their anxiety.
  • Visual distraction: Watching television or a movie to take your mind off things.
  • Be prepared: Asking your dentist in advance what you can expect during your visit and how the procedures are handled.
  • Relaxation techniques: The key here is to place focus on your body parts, relaxing them one at a time.
  • Take a mini vacation in your mind: To help ease your nerves imagine yourself in a relaxing and enjoyable setting.
  • Breathing exercises: Deep breathing can be a great technique to relax your mind and body with slow deep breaths allowing oxygen to flow easily.
  • Take breaks: During dental procedures, when anxiety builds up, just ask your dentist to take a break who will gladly stop to give you the time.

We have a focus on treating nervous patients and the key to overcoming and coping your dental fear is to remember that you are not alone. If you choose the right dentist and dental team, we will be with you every step of the way, from the moment we meet you until after the treatment is done.

Sedation -Dental Hypnosis

Our dentists see many nervous patients and sometimes being able to gently relax the patient of nerves creates a better experience. For nervous patients, the hypnotist works with you to bring a therapeutic change in perceptions, feelings, thinking and behaviour. Our hypnotist will use 'suggestions' and associated imagery, which will allow you to feel more relaxed.

Hypnosis is an altered state of awareness in which the patient will withdraw from the awareness of the current situation and instead concentrate attention on a different focal point in an attentive and responsive manner – meaning your mind is not thinking about the treatment in hand.

Hypnosis is not for everyone and sometimes fear of the dentist can be overwhelming. Our dental teams also offer conscious sedation where you can have a qualified anesthetist safely sedate you whilst being fully conscious during your treatment. This is typically used for larger treatments such as implants or extractions, but more and more patients are using this type of therapy for regular dentistry such as fillings and root canal treatment.

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