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Do You Suffer From Dental Anxiety?

It’s not uncommon for people visiting their dentist in North Harrow to feel scared and anxious if they face the prospect of dental treatment. It may be that the noise of the drill affects them, the smell of antiseptic, or even just sitting in the dentist’s chair. The good news is that most modern day dental practices do all they can to relax their patients including offering a warm and welcoming environment, friendly smiling faces at reception, and soft comfortable chairs in the waiting room with a good supply of magazines. In the event that they’re extremely nervous of any sort of treatment, then they can recommend dental sedation.

What exactly is dental sedation?

dentist in North HarrowDental sedation is a means of helping people relax during dental procedures by using medication. Sometimes it’s referred to as being ‘asleep’ during the treatment, but this is not strictly true since the patient remains conscious and able to respond to requests from their North Harrow dentist.

Different forms of dental sedation include:

  • Inhalation sedation – This is where a patient breathes in a mixture of nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as ‘laughing gas’ through a small nose piece. It helps them relax and soon wears off after treatment.
  • Oral sedation – This isn’t so common in the UK, but is a sedative contained in a pill which is usually taken about an hour before treatment. Again, it makes a person drowsy but able to comply with their dentist’s instructions.
  • IV Sedation – An anti-anxiety drug is fed through a vein, usually in the back of the hand, and the drug is administered and carefully monitored during treatment. The patient remains conscious throughout and able to respond to any requests from the dentist, but is unlikely to have much, if any, recollection of what has been happening.

Regardless of the type of dental sedation that you’re given you’ll usually always require a local anaesthetic which numbs the site where the dentist is working so that you don’t feel any pain. If you’re at all anxious about visiting the dentist or undergoing any treatments, then we can help. Why not contact Imperial Dental Care today on 020 8427 2264 for a initial consultation where we can also discuss forms of dental sedation with you. For more information on all the treatments we provide then visit our website at We’re both a private and NHS dentist in North Harrow and look forward to welcoming you as a new patient.

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