If it has been a while since you visited the dentist or you are very nervous please don’t worry as you are not the first. We are more concerned with getting your dental care back on track, rather than what has happened in the past. It’s important for you to know that at MK Smiles we are known for treating very anxious and nervous patients and rebuilding their confidence.
For any anxious or nervous patients, take your time, bring someone along if need be. The initial patient consultation is designed to give you time to get comfortable with us as a practice and get to know your dentist and their dental nurse.
Give us a try and come and meet our friendly team by calling us on 01908348100
Being ‘afraid of the dentist’ means different things to different people and we are aware some people have had bad experiences in the past.
We at MK Smiles have a great dental team who are use to caring for anxious patients and we understand how you are feeling and are here to help.
We will listen and not rush you and more importantly we will do what ever we can do to help you get you dentally fit at your own pace.
In addition we offer IV sedation for patients who prefer not to fully experience some dental treatments. If you are looking for safe and effective dental sedation then our specialist sedation team can help you relax.
General anaesthesia is when the patient is fully unconscious but dentists and doctors try and shy away from this if possible. During IV sedation, the patients are conscious but they are not aware of any pain and have none or minimal recollection of the dental procedure. This technique is very safe when carried out by a well-trained sedationist and their team in appropriate surroundings. With sedation, the patient breathes for themselves and does not suffer the ill effects of GA, nausea, muscle pains and sore nose and throat. There is also an element of amnesia and thus the patient has a more relaxed experience afterwards.
Intravenous” means that the drug is put into a vein. An ultra thin cannula is put into a vein near to the surface of the skin either in the arm or the back of your hand.
The anti-anxiety drug used is Midazolam, chosen because it is a short acting benzodiazepine.
Throughout the procedure , your pulse and oxygen levels are measured using a “pulse oximeter”. This gadget clips onto a finger and measures pulse and oxygen saturation. It gives an audible early warning sign if you’re getting too low on oxygen, although if your dentist and the nurses are paying attention they should see it way before the machine does. Blood pressure before and after the procedure should be checked with a blood pressure measuring machine.
You will be able to hear things as verbal contact must be maintained – as per the GDC definition of conscious sedation. If we ask you to take a deep breath, you will respond, but you will not remember this and none of what is occurring will worry or trouble you. You may not be able to see anything as we cover your eyes with protective glasses. Your mouth is numbed up as usual in the dental surgery but you will not be able to recall this happening and the dental treatment will proceed while your teeth and gums are completely numb so that you won’t be able to feel anything.
IV sedation is extremely safe when carried out under the supervision of a specially-trained dentist. Purely statistically speaking, it’s even safer than local anaesthetic on its own!
However, contraindications include:
Heart disease is generally not a contraindication
This depends largely on the amount of sedation and the amount of dental work that you have received. This also depends on your metabolism of the sedative drugs used in your sedation. Typically most patients have left the premises within 45 minutes of going into our recovery facility where a trained nurse will supervise your recovery and give you your postoperative instructions. You will need a chaperone to escort you home after the treatment.
You might have little or no recollection about the procedure for two reasons:
After a sedation consultation, your experience dentist will talk you through the process and give you a bespoke quote for your treatment. It is important that you feel comfortable with your dental team so we ask for you to come and visit the practice several times until you are ready.
Call us to book a sedation consultation or book online for an examination with one of our dentists or friendly chat with our treatment coordinator for more information.
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