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Helping with Dental Phobia & Anxiety

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We understand that dental phobia is a common concern that can make visiting the dentist a daunting experience for many individuals.Our compassionate team at Atria-City Dental Group specialises in providing a comfortable and stress-free environment for patients who suffer from dental phobia. We prioritise personalised care, actively listening to your concerns and tailoring our techniques to put you at ease.

Our clinic offers a calming atmosphere with soft lighting and distraction techniques like television or music to help you relax during treatment. We utilise gentle and precise techniques to minimise discomfort, keeping you comfortable throughout your visit. While we emphasise non-pharmacological approaches, we recognise that some situations may require pharmacological management. For people with severe anxiety needing complex procedures, we offer options such as nitrous oxide sedation, IV sedation, or general anaesthesia to ensure your comfort.

At Atria-City Dental Group, we are committed to helping you overcome dental phobia and receive the necessary care for your oral health. Our caring and empathetic dental team will work closely with you, developing a personalised treatment plan that addresses your individual needs. By partnering with us, you can expect exceptional care in a supportive environment that puts your comfort first. Let us help you overcome your fears and maintain a healthy smile.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation (Laughing Gas)

What is Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a safe and effective sedative used to help patients relax during dental procedures. Administered through a small mask over the nose, it induces a sense of calmness and relaxation while maintaining consciousness. This colourless and odourless gas reduces anxiety, discomfort, and can provide mild pain relief.

Nitrous oxide sedation is especially beneficial for patients of all ages who experience dental anxiety, fear, or have difficulty sitting still. It is also helpful for children undergoing extensive dental treatment. A significant advantage of nitrous oxide sedation is its quick recovery time. 

Once the mask is removed, patients typically return to their normal state within minutes. Fasting is not required, although we recommend a lighter meal prior to treatment.

Side effects of nitrous oxide sedation are generally minimal and temporary. Some individuals may experience mild symptoms like nausea or dizziness, which quickly subside after the mask is removed. 

 

IV sedation

What is IV Sedation?

IV sedation, or intravenous sedation, is a safe and effective method to help patients with dental phobia relax during procedures while remaining conscious. Administered through an injection, it quickly induces a state of relaxation. Ideal for patients with severe anxiety or fear, as well as those requiring extensive dental work or having a strong gag reflex, IV sedation is a stronger form of sedation compared to nitrous oxide.

During the procedure, you will be conscious but deeply relaxed, with limited memory of the treatment. Our experienced dental team closely monitors your well-being and ensures your safety and comfort throughout. Your suitability for IV sedation depends on your medical condition and individual needs, which your dentist can evaluate. If you experience dental anxiety or fear, don’t hesitate to discuss available options with your dentist to enhance relaxation and comfort during your dental procedures.

 

General Anaesthesia (GA)

What is General Anaesthesia?

General anaesthesia (GA) is a medical procedure that induces a sleep-like state in patients using medication. Once under its effect, patients are completely unconscious, unaware of their surroundings, and unable to feel any discomfort during the procedure. This treatment is conducted in a surgery centre or hospital, with an experienced anesthesiologist overseeing the administration and monitoring the patient’s vital signs for safety.

GA is utilised for patients who require extensive or complex dental procedures but may be too anxious or have special needs that make chairside treatment challenging. In children, GA is often employed for young or for individuals with dental phobia who are unable to cooperate or tolerate treatment with local anaesthesia alone, as well as those with special needs. While general anaesthesia is generally safe, it is reserved for necessary situations due to associated risks. 

If you believe GA might be required for your dental treatment, inform your dentist. They will assess your suitability based on medical factors and treatment needs. If deemed appropriate, our team will provide detailed preparation instructions and offer support throughout the process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask that goes over the nose and provides mild relaxation. On the other hand, IV sedation involves intravenous injection of a sedative through the hand to offer a deeper level of sedation. In both types of sedation, the patient is still conscious and responsive but relaxed (sedated).

Yes, dental sedation options such as nitrous oxide, IV sedation, or general anaesthesia can be used for children who require extensive treatment or have dental anxiety.

Nitrous oxide sedation can benefit anyone who experiences dental phobia or have a strong gag reflex during dental procedures. It helps create a relaxed and comfortable environment, making the treatment process easier and more tolerable.

When considering nitrous oxide sedation for your child, factors such as their age, level of anxiety, and the specific procedure are taken into account. Most children who are generally fit and healthy without any significant medical history are suitable for nitrous oxide sedation. However, this can vary. Your dentist will assess your medical condition and the nature of the dental procedure to guide your decision-making process.

While general anaesthesia is generally safe, it carries some risks and is only used when absolutely necessary, with careful consideration of the patient’s medical status.

For nitrous oxide sedation, you will be able to resume normal daily activities after you leave the clinic. For IV sedation and GA, you should have an escort to follow you home. Avoid driving, operating machineries, and signing of any legal documents on the day of the procedure. Depending on the type of dental procedure being done, you may also be given a medical certificate for you to take time off from school or work.

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