Why Do Dental Fears Develop? Ask Us About Sedation Dentistry

Why Do Dental Fears Develop?

Dental fears and phobias are surprisingly common, even though some people might not admit just how much dental visits upset them. Dental fears often develop as a result of a bad experience with a dentist in the past, or they can even be passed on from parent to child. If your Mum or Dad were fearful of dental visits then they may have spoken negatively about them to you, instilling the idea that dental care is scary.

How Modern Dentistry Can Help

You’ll find today’s dentists take an extremely sympathetic view towards anyone who does have dental fears or phobias and our dentist in South Benfleet will definitely go out of their way to help you.

We would like every visit to South Benfleet Dental Care to be a thoroughly positive experience. This is where dental sedation in South Benfleet can help quite a bit, particularly if you haven’t been to a dentist for a while and may require a substantial amount of treatment to restore dental health. Sedation dentistry helps make appointments more comfortable and more relaxed and we offer two different types in our surgery.

Nitrous Oxide

Many people are already familiar with this type of sedation which is also called laughing gas as it is very mild and fast acting. You might also hear this called inhalation sedation as a mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen is breathed in through a small mask that fits over your nose. Within a very short while, you’ll feel more relaxed and comfortable but you will still be aware of everything that is happening around you.

You’ll be able to respond to our dental team but treatment will be easy to cope with. The great thing about nitrous oxide is that it is soon expelled from the body once the gas is turned off and once we are sure you are okay, you’ll be able to drive yourself home. This is the only type of sedation where this is possible.

Intravenous sedation helps you relax even further. A sedative is given intravenously throughout treatment. You may feel very sleepy and relaxed, but you’ll still be able to respond to our dental team. Once the sedative has worn off, you’re unlikely to remember very much about your treatment. Intravenous sedation can be particularly good for longer appointments but you will need someone to take you home afterwards.

Dental sedation in South Benfleet can also be very helpful for anyone with a strong gag reflex and who finds it difficult to comfortably receive treatment. We take immense care to ensure patients are kept completely safe and comfortable during sedation dentistry and you’ll be monitored all the time during your appointment.

There is no need to let dental fears stop you from getting vital dental treatment or even from having that beautiful smile you’ve always desired. If you’d like more information about dental sedation in South Benfleet, why not give us a call on 01268 793485. We can answer all your questions and if you feel comfortable we can book your appointment.

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