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Anxious Dental Patients

Anxious Patients

At Super Smiles Dental we understand that some patients can have deep anxiety when visiting the dentist. Studies show more than 50% of the population avoid attending the dentist due to their fear and anxiety of the dentist. So do not be worried if you feel that you may be the only patient who is fearful. Every day our oral health professionals are attending to patients who admit to fearing the dentist. Our oral health professionals adjust to each patient’s requests and anxieties in order to make the experience as comfortable and tranquil as possible. In addition to our outstanding patient service, we also offer nitrous oxide sedation and IV sedation.

What is Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

Nitrous oxide sedation is also known as laughing gas or happy gas. It is commonly prescribed to children and adults alike in order to reduce their anxiety of dental treatment. It is safe and easy to prescribe, simply by breathing in the gas through the nasal attachment. It is a form of conscious sedation, where the patient is still awake but feel much calmer. In addition, it is relatively inexpensive and therefore a lot of patients commonly use it for all treatment.

What is IV Sedation?

IV sedation is also known as sleep dentistry or twilight dentistry. Patients’ are induced into a deep sleep-like sedation and the treatment is carried out in this state. After the sedation, patients do not remember what happened or feel any pain during or after the procedure. It is unlike a general anaesthesia procedure where patients are placed in a hospital setting and kept overnight. Rather this is undertaken within the dental practice, however, patients need to bring in a partner/ friend to take them home since they are not allowed to drive themselves. It is the ideal procedure for patients undergoing any form of minor oral surgery or who have high dental anxiety.

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