Sedation and Dental Phobia

Our team are all highly skilled, qualified and experienced in their own fields of expertise, ensuring that all care is delivered with the least amount of discomfort and sedation possible and in a way that allows our patients to feel in control and safe.

Sedation may be offered to patients who struggle with dental phobia or anxiety. We offer different levels of sedation depending on the nature of the treatment you require and the severity of your phobia or anxiety, and all of the available options will be discussed with you before your appointment if you alert us to your needs when you call to arrange a consultation.

According to the British Dental Health Foundation, a staggering 36% of adults site fear as their main reason for not visiting their dentist regularly. Dental anxiety or dental phobia may seem overwhelming and may have been caused by negative experiences in your past. Modern dentistry is far more civilised and patient-centred than it once was, but even so many patients still feel panic or very nervous when even considering visiting a dentist.

Trying to overcome a significant dental phobia in order to care for your teeth is admirable and deserves support. At Bow House, all of our dental professionals understand the importance of helping our patients to learn that, under our care, there is no need to be afraid.

The levels of sedation that we offer are:

  • Minimal sedation – you will be awake but relaxed;
  • Moderate sedation – you will be awake but feel relaxed and drowsy;
  • Deep sedation – you will be barely awake but still able to communicate with your dentist if needed.

Whatever the level of sedation you are offered, you will not feel distressed or afraid. Afterwards, you may be surprised to recall how calm and relaxed you were able to feel: the sedatives we administer and very effective, and our dental professionals are highly sensitive to ensuring that our patients are comfortable and well cared for.

Feeling safe is the best way to overcome fear. Not only do we offer the best possible care but we also believe in doing everything we can to make our patients feel secure.
If you need dental treatment, or wish to arrange a routine check-up but are anxious, please talk to us by contacting us to arrange a free initial consultation and letting us know that you will need some additional support.

Contact us today to see how this system can help you to achieve a perfect smile by arranging a free consultation with one of our dedicated, experienced dental orthodontists.

Dental Phobia Frequently Asked Questions

At Bow house dental practice we have a dentist who is specially trained and experienced in conscious sedation and adheres to the GDC guidelines. You can be rest assured that you will be in the best possible care throughout treatment.

Adults who have:

  • High fear of visiting the dentist
  • Had traumatic dental experiences
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • Who gag easily
  • Very sensitive teeth
  • Complex dental problems that require lengthy appointments

Adults who:

  • Hate needles and shots
  • Hate the noises, smells and tastes associated with the dental office
  • Are afraid and embarrassed about their teeth.

Most patients feel no discomfort whatsoever during their treatment and feel surprisingly good afterwards.

You’ll receive just enough sedation so that you’ll be completely unaware of the treatment, as you would if you were asleep.

At the end of the treatment, you’ll have little or no memory of your dental visit.

You will feel just fine. For your safety, we do require that you have a family member or friend drive you home.

Before starting any treatment, we review your medical history, and we monitor you very closely while you’re under sedation.