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Is Anxiety Preventing You From Visiting The Dentist?

If you break out into a sweat and your pulse starts racing at the mere thought of sitting in the dentist’s chair, then you’re certainly not alone. Dental anxiety is a real problem and is far more common than you probably think. In fact it’s estimated that as many as 20% of dental patients avoid going to the dentist until it’s absolutely necessary and many avoid going altogether, even if they’re in pain. As a dentist in Southend we’re well aware that some of our patients find it extremely difficult to undergo the treatment that they require which is why we’re pleased to be able to offer conscious sedation to help them overcome their fears.

dental anxietyOne of the methods of conscious sedation that we use is IV sedation which involves injecting a small amount of relaxation medication into the patient until they are deeply relaxed and feeling carefree, although still awake and able to respond to instructions from their dentist. This type of sedation is beneficial for more complex treatments like dental implants in Southend because it works quickly and patients invariably have little recollection of the procedure and very little discomfort, if any.

Throughout the procedure patients are carefully monitored and adjustments made to the level of sedation, if necessary. The patient’s breathing, blood pressure, heart rhythm and oxygenation, are all registered on a special monitor, to ensure the procedure is totally safe.

Conscious sedation isn’t just for complex treatments it’s also beneficial for

  • Patients with a gag reflex
  • Those with sensitive teeth or a disability
  • Patients undergoing long surgical procedures such as removal of wisdom teeth
  • Those who feel anxious even getting their teeth cleaned

In fact, it can be used for practically any dental visit.

Here at Southend Dental Care we have many patients who request conscious sedation each and every month. It’s great for us to see them overcome their fears, be totally relaxed, and able to receive the dental treatment that they need. As a dentist in Southend it also helps us to carry out treatments faster and more effectively, without having to stop periodically for the patient during treatment, and to be able to complete treatments in just one visit.

If you’re suffering from toothache in Southend or need a filling but are too anxious to seek the help of your dentist, then conscious sedation can help you overcome your fears. In the event that you have a fear of needles, then we can also offer inhalation sedation. Give us call on 01702 465000 to find out more about how we can help you, or make an appointment online at

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