Your path to a stress-free smile

Are you one of the many individuals who feel anxious or nervous about visiting the dentist? You're not alone.

Dental anxiety is a common issue that affects people of all ages. At Wigston Dental Care we understand your concerns and are committed to making your dental experience as comfortable as possible.

Understanding dental anxiety

Dental anxiety can stem from various factors, including:

Fear of pain: The fear of dental procedures causing pain is a leading cause of dental anxiety. It's important to remember that modern dentistry offers painless options for treatment.

Past traumatic experiences: A negative experience at the dentist in the past can lead to apprehension about future visits. Our team is here to create a different, positive experience for you.

Fear of the unknown: Not knowing what to expect during a dental appointment can be anxiety-inducing. We're dedicated to providing clear explanations of procedures to ease your concerns.

Loss of control: Feeling helpless or out of control during dental treatments can contribute to anxiety. We encourage open communication and collaboration in your dental care.

IV Sedation

If you have dental anxiety, IV sedation is a safe, effective way to make you feel completely relaxed and much more willing to undergo treatment.

Your worries will be eliminated but you remain conscious and can answer questions so that the dentist can treat you more effectively.

Why choose to have sedation?

What is involved in having sedation?

Your general health will be carefully assessed, including your blood pressure and oxygen levels. A very thin needle is inserted into a vein in the back of your hand leaving a soft plastic tube through which the sedative will be gradually delivered. You will be closely monitored throughout the treatment process.

Additional medication will be required to relieve any discomfort as sedation only calms you and does not provide pain relief. However, this will be administered once you are suitably relaxed. The effects of sedation will take a while to wear off, so you will need someone to take you home and keep an eye on you.

Helping you feel at ease during dental treatment

We're here to help you feel at ease during your dental treatment. Consider these tips to make your next dental visit stress-free:

At Wigston Dental Care, we prioritise your comfort and well-being. Our compassionate team is experienced in working with nervous dental patients, and we'll go the extra mile to ensure your visit is as stress-free as possible. Don't let dental anxiety keep you from maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards a worry-free dental experience. We support you on your journey to a confident, healthy smile.

Frequently asked questions
1 What is dental IV sedation, and how does it work?

Dental IV sedation, or intravenous sedation, involves administering sedative drugs directly into the bloodstream through an IV line. It induces a state of deep relaxation and drowsiness, allowing patients to remain conscious but deeply relaxed during dental procedures. The dosage can be adjusted to ensure the patient’s comfort and safety.

2 Is dental IV sedation safe?

Yes, dental IV sedation is generally considered safe when administered by trained and qualified dental professionals. Before the procedure, the dentist will thoroughly assess the patient’s medical history and vital signs to ensure they are a suitable candidate. Monitoring equipment is used throughout the sedation process to track vital signs and respond promptly to any changes.

3 Are there any side effects or risks associated with dental IV sedation?

Like any medical procedure, dental IV sedation carries some risks. Common side effects may include temporary drowsiness, dizziness, or nausea. Serious complications are rare but can include allergic reactions, respiratory issues, or excessive sedation. Dentists are trained to manage and mitigate potential risks, and patients are carefully monitored during the entire sedation period.

4 Who is a suitable candidate for dental IV sedation?

Dental IV sedation is often recommended for patients with dental anxiety, severe gag reflex, or those undergoing lengthy or invasive dental procedures. It may also be considered for individuals with special needs, limited ability to cooperate, or those requiring multiple treatments in a single session. However, the decision to use IV sedation is made on a case-by-case basis, considering the patient’s health, medical history, and the nature of the dental procedure.

5 How long does it take for the effects of dental IV sedation to wear off?

The recovery time from dental IV sedation varies from person to person. While the sedative effects wear off relatively quickly after the procedure, patients may feel drowsy or groggy for a few hours. Patients need to have a responsible adult escort them home and avoid driving or operating heavy machinery for the remainder of the day. The dental team will provide post-operative instructions to ensure a safe and comfortable recovery.

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