At CAPI we understand that many patients are nervous about dental treatment, particularly if you are coming in for a major procedure. Fear of the dentist is the single main reason people give for putting off visiting a dental practice, with many neglecting their dental health for many years until a condition becomes so serious and uncomfortable they cannot ignore it.
There are many reasons for fear of the dentist. Some patients have had a bad experience in the past, or have listened to exaggerated tales of woe from friends and family. Specific triggers, such as a fear of needles, concern about not being in control and feeling vulnerable, or fear of judgement at the condition of their teeth can cause anxiety in other patients, while the smells and sounds associated with a dental practice are also causes of fear. Others still can identify no one particular cause.
Whatever the reasons behind your fear, if you are nervous about visiting the dentist we believe we can help you.
Modern dental techniques and the state-of-the-art equipment we use mean that treatments are more comfortable than ever before. All of our staff are caring, understanding and compassionate, and will do everything possible to help you relax.
For some patients, treatment under sedation is a good option to help get the treatment they need. We use effective medications and sedation techniques to ensure you remain comfortable during and after treatment.
We offer oral sedation, which involves drinking a syrup a short time before treatment which will help you to feel very relaxed, while still able to cooperate with the Dentist. This can be a good option if fear of needles is part of the cause of your anxiety.
We also offer intravenous (IV) sedation, which is given in the arm or hand and will make you drowsy, but again able to cooperate with the dentist treating you. Following this type of sedation you will likely not remember anything about the experience.
A fully qualified Anaesthetist will provide your IV sedation. The after-effects of sedative treatment will last for some time after your appointment, so you will not be able to drive or drink alcohol for 24 hours, and should bring a friend or family member with you to make sure you get home safely.