Want to replace your missing teeth with dental implants but feeling a bit afraid? Fear of the dentist, a condition also known as dental phobia, means different things to different people. Some patients have specific fears about certain types of treatment or pain, others do not like the idea of being under the control of the dentist, while some patients worry about stories they have heard from friends and family.
The good news is that the dentists at Adams Dental understand your fears and can do a great deal to make you feel comfortable in the dental chair. We know that, above all, nervous patients want to be listened to and not rushed. For this reason, we take our time and explain all aspects of dental implant treatment. We also offer sedation options, such as oral sedation and IV sedation, to patients who are afraid of having dental implants in North London.
Oral sedation is quite simple and involves taking a tablet a few hours prior to the operation (usually the same morning). The sedative medicine can be taken at the dental practice or at home and in addition to the sedation, a local anaesthetic is used as required. As soon as the medicine starts to kick in, you will feel relaxed, while you will still be able to communicate with your dentist.
The effects of the sedation can take some time to wear off, therefore you must bring someone with you who can take you home and stay with you for the rest of the day.
In contrast to oral sedation, IV (intravenous) sedation is administered with an injection. This makes patients feel relaxed and drowsy. Many patients remember little about the treatment they receive whilst sedated in this way. As with oral sedation, patients are awake throughout the procedure and can talk to the dental staff at all times. This method works well for all types of anxiety and is ideal for patients who are afraid of the discomfort associated with implant surgery.
To learn more about dental implants in North London and explore sedation options for nervous patients, please contact our friendly team today.