Are you Nervous or Anxious about Dental Treatment?
Does the thought of lying down on a dental chair make you nervous about dental treatment? Be reassured, that you are not alone, in fact, The Adult Dental Health Survey (2009) identified over a third of adult patients (36%) suffered with moderate dental anxiety and 12% of adults have extreme dental phobia. However, putting off your dental check-up is the first step in a catalogue of events that can often lead to development of dental decay and further oral complications
We understand this and will provide all the help that you need to help you cope and deal with your anxious feelings. Our dentists and staff are gentle, caring and sensitive towards your needs, always discussing your treatment options and engaging you to be involved in the treatment planning at all stages to ensure your comfort whilst not compromising your care. The treatment plan is designed to achieve the results you expect in a time frame that you are comfortable with. We have helped patients from London, Bromley and Croydon to relax and successfully complete all their dental treatment.
Dr Anhaar Mohamedali has had extensive oral surgery experience working at Kings College Hospital, where she routinely performed oral surgery on patients under IV sedation safely and comfortably. At West Wickham Dental Practice, we have routinely used IV sedation to treat patients apprehensive of dental treatment to make them Smile Proud! once again. Book an appointment online, or call us today.
How can we help?
If you feel that you require additional help to calm your nerves, we also offer additional options ranging from hypnotherapy to Dental IV sedation specifically to deal with dental phobias. We work with a number of professionals who can provide hypnotherapy as well as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) that can help you overcome your dental phobia, whose details are available from our reception. In house, we offer Dental IV sedation. Our team has been specially trained in the delivery of these drugs and our surgeries are equipped to handle and monitor patients who are receiving this treatment.We have extensive experience in dental sedation; West Wickham Dental Practice is accredited by the Society of the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry (SAAD) with our staff having the approved training. The sedation drug that we use is called Midazolam that is administered intravenously to enable you to relax during your dental treatment. During the treatment, you will remain conscious at all times, maintaining verbal communication as the treatment progresses. The drug has a broad range of safety limits, ensuring the safety of the patient at all times. The ‘groggy’ feeling experienced lasts during the course of the procedure, and all you will need to be accompanied by a capable adult escort who needs to be able to drive you home and be present with you for up to 6hr following the treatment. Prior to starting dental IV sedation, the dentist will assess you for suitability of the treatment. During dental IV sedation, your vital signs such as your blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen saturation will be monitored constantly using a computerized pulse oximeter. 99% of patients recover from the IV sedation on their own accord, however, a drug called Flumazenil can also be provided that can reverse the effect of Midazalom if required.
Is this right for you?
IV sedation, can be applied for almost all types of dental treatments ranging from routine hygiene to extensive complex dental treatment, please ask the dentist. Additionally, IV sedation also has the ability to offer varying degrees of retrograde amnesia. This prevents recollection of the dental treatment which for some patients enables them to visit the dentist for routine check-up without being nervous. This is in contrast to general anaesthesia, where patients may prefer to be “put to sleep” or “want to be unaware of the dental treatment”. General anaesthesia can only be administered in specialist referral centres and if you require this form of treatment, we can arrange a referral.