Good News for Nervous Dental Patients from Bristol
Sedation dentistry now available at Beau Monde Dental Care.
Those of you who follow our Facebook page may have noticed a recent post noting that Dr Catherine Spalding is now able to administer sedation for nervous dental patents at our Bristol dental surgery.
Why is this such a good thing? Well, let’s take a look at some facts.
The reality is that more than a quarter of us in the UK are afraid of dental visits. This is understandable, and even many dentists don’t look forward to them.
Whilst most of us do go through with our appointments, however nervous we feel about them, for some, the levels of anxiety are high enough that they simply avoid them.
Most dental appointments are for check ups and these play an important part in ensuring good oral health. In most cases any issues found can be corrected either through patient education or perhaps a minor non invasive procedure such as a scale and polish to prevent gum disease.
If these appointments are missed however, any problems that may be present can only get worse; often until such a time as the patient is in severe pain and has to make an emergency appointment for an invasive procedure such as a root canal or extraction.
As you can imagine, for dental phobics, this is not good news, and avoiding check ups is a short sighted approach.
By offering sedation for anxious dental patients at Beau Monde Dental Care, we hope that we can encourage those affected to attend regular dental appointments and avoid the need for more invasive dental surgery later on.
Sedation is available even for those whose anxiety levels are so high that just a simple check up fills them with terror.
All it takes is a simple ‘scratch’ on the back of the hand and a sedative is then administered which will relax the patient entirely whilst they still remain fully conscious. This is important for the dentist who is treating you as they may wish to ask questions during the procedure. You will still be able to communicate even though you will be fully relaxed.
Bring a friend
It should be noted that, after having sedation, you may feel a little ‘woozy’ for a period of time and, under no circumstances, should you drive. Even taking public transport may be trickier than usual.
Where possible, it is advisable that you ask a friend to bring you so that you can be assured of getting home safely.
If you are a nervous dental patient who lives in the Bristol area, call us today and ask about our sedation service.
Please call us on 0117 330 3495 for advice from our friendly and experienced team.