A fear of dental treatment is a surprisingly common problem and affects people of all ages and from all walks of life. For some, the fear of visiting the dentist means they will try everything possible to avoid treatment, even if they are in pain.
One of our prime aims at St. Mary’s is to always provide treatment with minimal discomfort to our patients and dispel the myth that dental treatment is always a very painful and unpleasant experience.
For our more anxious patients, or those undergoing complex or prolonged procedures, we offer two types of sedation to help you overcome your fears and make treatment a more pleasant and pain-free experience.
The first type of sedation we offer is inhalation sedation, also known as relative analgesia (RA) sedation, which works particularly well for nervous children as well as adults. RA sedation involves breathing in a mix of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oxygen through a nosepiece which quickly leads to a pleasant, relaxed feeling. You remain conscious throughout, though maybe a little drowsy, and any treatment given will not cause you any discomfort.
We also offer intravenous, or ‘IV’ sedation. This is given by a simple injection into either your arm or back of your hand to make you feel sleepy and relaxed and unaware of any treatment taking place. Many patients will actually sleep through their dental appointment and you will have little or no memory of the procedure afterwards.
Don’t let your fear of the dentist get in the way of successful treatment. Sedation is effective, predictable and very safe and can help even the most nervous of patients, young or old. Your dentist will be able to advise which treatment is best for you.
Reduced pain and often no need for anaesthetic - ideal for nervous patients.
Laser treatment is perfect for anxious patients who do not like the sound of the dentist’s drill and want to spend less time in the chair. Treatments carried out using lasers can sometimes need less anaesthetic. Dental lasers work by delivering pulses of energy that are too short to trigger a neutral response. This reduces the discomfort felt by the patient, even when minimal anaesthetic has been used.
We are delighted to now be able to offer our patients all the benefits of advanced laser technology for your dental care. Laser treatment has been popular in the medical profession for many years, and is a common procedure for both surgical and cosmetic treatments. Today, increasing numbers of dentists are recognising the real benefits of using lasers in dentistry.
How does it work?
Lasers emit highly concentrated energy in the form of a narrow light beam and send it through an optical fibre to a handpiece, sometimes combined with a gentle spray of water. The dentist uses the handpiece to aim the laser energy at precisely the areas in the mouth to be treated.
Is it safe?
Lasers are one of the safest and most advanced dental technologies available today and have been used to treat millions of patients. Lasers can, however, be harmful to eyes so the patient, dentist and any assistants will all wear special laser safety glasses when lasers are being used.
Nervous about visiting the dentist? Please contact us below and see how we can help
Please contact us through the web form or alternatively by phone. We will get back to you as soon as possible to help you with whatever your query may be.
St Mary's House Dental Care
St Mary's Road
Tel: 01273 453109
M: 08.30 - 17.10
T: 08.10 - 17.10
W: 08.30 - 17.10
T: 08.10 - 17.10
F: 08.10 - 15.30
If you are a patient of the practice and have an emergency, we’ll do our best to see you that same day. If the practice is closed, please telephone 01273 453109 and listen to the recorded message for details of our out-of-hours emergency cover. If you are not a patient of the practice and have a dental emergency, please phone 01273 453109 and we will do our best to provide emergency treatment for you. Please note that our out-of-hours service is only available to our registered patients.
If any aspect of our service has not met with the standards we aim for, please ask for a copy of our complaints policy and details of the procedure we will follow