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12 March 2018

‘Sleep dentistry’ – helping even the most nervous patients receive treatment.

Anxious dental patients are common and understandably we welcome them here at the Confidental Clinic in Surbiton. Overall, most patients do manage to work through their anxiety sufficiently to allow them to receive any necessary treatment, but there are those who need additional assistance.

The understanding and care of our Surbiton dental team can really help most patients with this, but for some, anxiety levels are so high that not even the most reassuring dentist will be able to enable them to relax enough to receive treatment.

Sleep dentistry

First of all, we need to clear up a point as this can sometimes cause confusion. You may have heard the term ‘sleep dentistry’ and understood that this is similar to the old style ‘gas’ anaesthetic which put you to sleep completely during your treatment. This is not what it is, and indeed, that type of sedation can no longer be provided within a dental practice unless a fully qualified anaesthetist is present. Where a general anaesthetic is necessary, for example to extract teeth of very young children, you will need to have the procedure done at a hospital.

IV Sedation

The sedation that we offer at the Confidental Clinic in Surbiton is entirely different, but equally effective. Whilst you will not fall asleep, you will quickly enter into a state of very deep relaxation. Patients that have had this have found that they were able to undergo even extensive treatment without any anxiety at all. Many also find that a procedure that actually takes an hour or so feels like it is completed within minutes.

The sedation is administered via a fine needle into the back of the hand. As the sedative enters the bloodstream, you will feel yourself completely relax but still able to communicate with the dentist who is performing the treatment. This is important as we may need to ask you questions during your treatment.

Because the sedative will remain in your system for around 24 hours after being given, it is essential that you bring a responsible adult with you who can ensure that you get home safely. Under no circumstances should you drive or operate machinery. This may also affect your ability to perform your work and you may wish to arrange to take time off if you are due to have IV sedation.

Lengthy treatments

Whilst most dental treatments can be completed relatively quickly, some, such as dental implant placement, can take longer. Even for the most relaxed patient, this can be a challenge sometimes; so you may wish to discuss with the dentist whether to have IV sedation to make your dental visit more comfortable.

If you are a nervous dental patient and live in the Surbiton area of Surrey, why not call the Confidental Clinic on 020 8399 1291 to find out how we can help you?

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