Scared Of The Dentist?

Scared of the Dentist?

One out of every four people is afraid of the dentist. It’s a surprisingly common fear, despite state-of-the-art technology and increased dental awareness in Ireland.

Some people have even developed a phobia about going to their dental clinic; which seems entirely rational to them and can be very hard to overcome, even if they really are in need of immediate dental care.

Overcome Fear of Dentist with Gentle Sedation

People have anxiety about the Dentist for a variety of reasons- a fear that the treatment might hurt (it won’t - there’s little or no pain in modern dentistry), or maybe they have bad memories from childhood. The smell of antiseptic; the sight of metal instruments - fear reactions are subjective in each patient but very real to all of them.

Some patients also have a strong gag reflex and find it difficult to control it when a dentist is using instruments in their mouth, but the majority of patients who postpone dental care do so from a sense of fear. People often wait until the pain becomes so great that they are in severe dental trauma and require emergency treatment.

Crescent Dental Limerick offer an Effective Solution to Anxiety

At Crescent Dental you are greeted and looked after by our gentle, kind and experienced staff. We are highly experienced at treating nervous/phobic adult and paediatric patient and we accept referrals from around Munster for this type of patient.

We offer patients two different types of sedation, either intravenous sedation or inhalation sedation. Whichever method you chose you can rest assured that your anxiety will be alleviated and that your dental visit will be a much more relaxed experience.

What Would Make Me a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

  • If you have a high fear level
  • Past history of difficult dental procedures
  • Unpleasant childhood memory of dentistry
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • Bad gag reflex
  • Very sensitive teeth
  • Complex dental problems

Intravenous Sedation

Often known as ‘conscious sedation or ‘twilight sedation’, intravenous sedation works by putting the patient into a very relaxed, pleasant dream like state. At Crescent Dental we use Midazolam, an anti-anxiety sedative medication widely used in sedation dentistry and well- tolerated by patients.

Administered through a small needle in the arm or hand, Midazolam works quickly to instantly make you very calm.

Intravenous sedation has three effects:

  • It relaxes you and reduces anxiety
  • It makes you sleepy
  • It usually produces amnesia, making you forget the procedure.

Midazolam is not a painkiller, so your dentist will also administer any local anaesthetics or painkillers appropriate for the dental work being performed. These can be administered before or after the Midazolam.

Details of Intravenous Sedation

During your intravenous sedation appointment you will be awake and aware of what’s going on around you, and you will be able to respond when spoken to, but very relaxed as your dentist works. Your heart rate, respiration and blood pressure are all continuously monitored throughout your appointment and there will be two nurses on hand at all times.

You won’t remember much, if anything, after your treatment as the sedative tends to produce amnesia. You will just feel calm, as if you’ve woken up from a nice relaxing doze.

Sedation dentistry has the additional benefit of allowing your dentist to carry out a number of different treatments in the same visit if needed, giving you the ideal opportunity to have any complex procedures done in one appointment.

Midazolam passes out of your system relatively quickly once the procedure is over, so you’ll be back to normal within an hour or so.

You must have someone to drive you home from the clinic, and you will need someone to stay with you for the rest of the day. This is a common precaution after any type of sedation. Please refer to the pre-operative and post-operative instructions here on our website in the Sedation section.

Inhalation Sedation

Often used to great effect in Children’s Dentistry, a combination of Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen, known to many as ‘Laughing Gas’ is available to patients at Crescent Dental. We  use it for younger patients who may be a little nervous, but adult patients may chose it as an alternative to intravenous sedation if they wish.

The staff at Crescent Dental will be happy to discuss your concerns and will take you through all of the details of both types of sedation, answering any questions you have.