Nervous patients

At The Park Dental Clinic in Derby, we understand that many patients are nervous or phobic about visiting the dentist. In fact, fear of the dentist is the main reason that UK patients give for putting off seeking dental treatment – above lack of time or worry about costs. It is ironic, of course, that by failing to visit the dentist regularly, your chances of developing serious dental health problems increase, potentially leading to unnecessary pain and discomfort and the need for more invasive treatment when you do eventually attend a dental surgery.

nervous patientsThe whole team at our Derby dental practice understand and empathise with nervous patients’ concerns. However, we do not believe that fear should be a barrier to getting the treatment you need or the smile you deserve. We want to work with you to help you conquer your fear once and for all, and get a healthy, happy mouth for life.

There are numerous causes of fear of the dentist, from a bad experience as a child to specific triggers such as the sound of the drill or the sight of a needle. Some patients worry about feeling out of control, while others expect to be judged if they haven’t visited a dentist in many years.

Our experienced and understanding team will take the time to listen to your fears and will explain any treatment and analgesia requirements carefully. Dental techniques have advanced greatly in recent years and most treatments are now pain-free.

We will never judge you if your dental health is less than perfect – all we want to do is help you get back to full oral health for life.

Many patients find that our team’s gentle manner, coupled with the time taken to explain any procedures and give reassurance that you will remain in control of your treatment, is enough, but if you are still nervous we also offer treatment under sedation.

Dentist Trishan Malhi is fully qualified in providing sedation, and you will be monitored carefully at all times during treatment.

What is IV Sedation?

Is fear of the dentist preventing you from getting the dental treatment you need, or the smile that you’ve always dreamt of? At Derby’s Park Dental Clinic, our team is experienced in working with nervous patients and every staff member is empathic to their concerns. However, we do not believe that fear or even phobia of the dentist should be a barrier to getting treatment, which is why we offer IV sedation for nervous patients.

iv-sedationThere are many triggers and causes of dental phobia and fear, from bad experiences in the past to anxiety at the sound of a drill, the sights or smells of a dental surgery. Just imagine if there was a way to alleviate all these anxieties, so you can visit the dentist without the fear and negative feelings. IV sedation offers an excellent way to do this.

How it works

The “IV” in IV sedation stands for intravenous. That means that sedative drugs are delivered by a small needle in the back of your hand or in your arm. If fear of needles is part of your anxiety, don’t panic; in that case we can provide nasal sedation first before the intravenous drugs are delivered.

At The Park Dental Clinic in Derby, dentist Trishan Malhi is fully qualified in providing sedation, and has done so successfully for scores of patients.

IV sedation is also sometimes called “conscious sedation”. Unlike a general anaesthetic used for major procedures in a hospital, with IV/conscious sedation you will remain awake and able to co-operate with your dentist during treatment. However, the anti-anxiety drugs used induce a state of deep relaxation, meaning that you will feel peaceful and largely unaware of what is going on.

The drugs used in IV sedation also cause mild amnesia for the duration of treatment, meaning that you will remember little to nothing of what has happened when the drugs wear off – you’ll just have healthy, beautiful teeth.

It is important to bring a friend or family member with you if you are having IV sedation at our Derby practice, because the drugs will stay in your system for some hours after treatment, and you will not be able to drive or use public transport. You should also avoid cooking, using kettles or any other equipment until the effects have worn off.

Treatment of nervous patients

Treatment of Nervous Patients

Dental anxiety is quite common when patients visit the dentist, it usually occurs due to previous bad experiences during childhood, then having a huge impact on how the patient feels about future visits.

Here at the Park Dental Clinic Dr. Malhi offers intravenous sedation for patients who are fearful of dental treatments.

Dr. Malhi has performed intravenous sedation on many patients since gaining his diploma in sedation in 2003.

There are two main ways of reducing anxiety with sedation, these are relative sedation which is gas and air or intravenous sedation. Relative sedation involves the patient breathing gas and air which promotes hypnotic suggestion. Intravenous sedation involves injecting the drug into a vein. Around 90-95% of our patients opt to be treated by intravenous sedation, as it is a very safe technique and is excellent at relieving anxiety during dental treatment.

The main indications for a patient choosing sedation are those who are having a surgical procedure carried out, such as implants.  Patients also decide to have sedation solely through anxiety.

The drug which is used by the dentist to carry out the sedation, is called Midazolam, it is usually placed into the hand of the patient and causes the patient to be in a state of conscious sedation, the drug also has an amnesic effect so most patients do not remember the dental treatment they have received. With intravenous sedation a responsible adult must be brought to accompany the patient on the day of the treatment, and must be responsible for them for the remainder of the day. This is because the drug stays in the patient’s body for up to 8 hours and although the patient may feel normal there judgment may be impaired.

For more information on Sedation give the Park Dental Clinic as call on 01332 299700