If you are a nervous patient, the team at Archway Park Dental would like to reassure you that you are not alone and that we can offer you a positive experience at the dentist. If you can trust our team to take care of your needs, you will be able to take advantage of the treatments and preventative care we offer to ensure that your teeth stay healthy.
Often the first step to overcoming nerves at the dentist is to face the fact that you have an issue that needs special attention. Many people have just gotten used to brushing the idea of going to the dentist under the carpet. They imagine they are too busy or that they don’t need dental care when what’s really going on is that they have strong avoidant feelings.
Once you can talk to a member of our team about your anxiety, we may be able to do something to change the course of your treatment to avoid any triggers. If you have a specific issue with, for example, the noises at the dentist, we may be able to do something to reduce their impact, such as offer you music or a different course of treatment. Even if you do not know the specific cause for your concern, we can offer you a gentle environment where you are in control of the process and can take a break at any time.
For some patients and with some procedures, it may be better to have extra sedation. This can take the form of an IV or it may include inhalation sedation. The latter is where you inhale a safe and effective mixed gas. This type of relief is offered to women when they are giving birth, so this should reassure you of its effectiveness and safety. The gas should leave you feeling calm and relaxed. Any sensory irritations should be softened, and you may no longer be bothered by them. Once you stop inhaling the gas, it leaves your system quickly and you will return to normal and be able to drive home. All of this is in addition to any normal pain relief that accompanies your procedure.