Dental phobia, commonly known as the fear of dentists, can prevent a lot of people from getting the proper dental health care they deserve. Each year, an increasing number of patients miss out on regular dental examinations and necessary treatments, due to this condition. While some of them have had bad experiences in the past, others are afraid of the pain that may be involved or are simple self-conscious of their teeth. Whatever the reason behind dental phobia, dental sedation can help.
People with severe dental anxiety can require sedation to help them cope with dental care. This is especially true for more complex dental procedures such as dental implants in North London. Most dentists, including Adams Dental, offer local anaesthesia, oral sedation and IV sedation. All these methods are safe and can make patients feel more comfortable and relaxed throughout their implant surgery.
Sedation dentistry and dental implants in North London
Conscious sedation is one of the most common techniques to ease the fears of patients who need to undergo various dental procedures, including dental implants. During the surgery, patients will be relaxed but awake, able to breathe on their own and communicate with the dentist throughout the procedure.
Oral sedation is easy and requires no needles. The patient will take a medication (usually in the form of a pill) a few hours before the implant surgery. This medication will make them feel relaxed at all stages of the surgery and will block pain impulses from the teeth and gum tissue.
Oral sedation maintains a level of consciousness in the patient for safety and co-operation.
IV sedation, on the other hand, involves the delivery of sedative drugs directly into the bloodstream to achieve a moderate level of sedation. Because these sedatives are administered directly to the blood, the dentist has a greater amount of control over the level of sedation.
IV sedation also allows the dentist to give supplemental sedatives in the same manner if a dose is insufficient. In order for a dentist to perform IV sedation, they are required to take special training courses and use special monitors for vital signs. Patients will be awake throughout the treatment, but they will feel minimal pain or discomfort.