Anxious patients

Can I alleviate my fear of the dentist?


Here at Robinsons we recognise that most people are a little anxious when they have to have dental treatment and all our staff do their best to minimise the stress that patients can feel. However, we also understand that, for some patients, a little TLC is not enough and they need extra help in order to be able to cope with their treatment.We therefore offer conscious sedation to enable patients who are especially anxious to access dental care.

What is sedation?

Since the law changed in the late 1990’s dentists no longer provide general anaesthetics and because of the risks associated with general anaesthesia only in the most extreme situations is it justified to ‘knock someone out’ for their dental treatment.

Instead we can provide conscious sedation, which is much safer. The procedure involves giving a sedative drug through a small plastic tube into a vein in the hand or arm. The sedative relaxes the patient and removes their anxiety allowing dental treatment to progress normally.

How will IV sedation in the surgery affect me?

This is a very safe procedure with very few side effects. You may feel a little drowsy or light headed and you will have little or no memory of the treatment the following day. Because of this, a responsible adult must escort you home afterwards and you must not drive or operate machinery for the rest of the day.

Not all patients are suitable for sedation so assessment prior to any treatment appointments being made is essential.

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