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Is there anything that can help me with my fear of the dentist?
Yes. Some people are so frightened of the dentist that they will not go for dental treatment. They can overcome their fears with relaxation or sedation. Our dentists are sympathetic about these feelings, and you can ask our dentists about these ways to help.
What is sedation?
We offer an intravenous or IV sedation. This is given by injection, either in the back of your hand or in your arm. The dose will depend on the amount of treatment needed and the length of time it will take to complete.
How will IV sedation in the surgery affect me?
You become drowsy and unaware of any treatment, but you are still able to co-operate with the dentist. The effects of sedative medicine take some time to wear off and your dentist will tell you how long the drugs will take to clear from your body. You won’t be able to drink alcohol, drive or work machinery during this time.
What else can help?
You can be helped to feel relaxed by ‘relative analgesia’ sometimes known as inhalation sedation. This means breathing in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen (‘laughing gas’) which quickly leads to a pleasant, relaxed feeling. The dentist puts you at ease at the same time, by talking softly and suggesting what you feel. You remain conscious all the time, although you may be a little drowsy, and any treatment given causes you no discomfort. You breathe in the mixture through a nosepiece, which is very comfortable. You can’t overdose on the gas, as the mixture quickly leaves the body if you breathe in one or two breaths of ordinary air. There are no after-effects either, and you can drive a car after about 15 minutes. Many dentists use this safe and effective technique.
How does relaxation work?
When we are faced with a challenge or something we’re afraid of, such as a visit to the dentist, our bodies produce substances, which raise our anxiety. However, we can train our bodies to work against this anxiety, by learning to relax. It’s not possible to be anxious and relaxed at the same time, so learning relaxation helps control our anxiety.
To ensure your treatment is effective do not have anything to eat, drink for :
DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO EAT OR DRINK FOR 4 HOURS BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT TIME.
DO NOT EAT FOR 4 HOURS BEFORE APPOINTMENT.
HOWEVER, AS THE MOUTH’S OF CHILDREN CAN BECOME VERY DRY, ARRANGE FOR THEM TO HAVE A SMALL GLASS OF PLAIN WATER 2 HOURS BEFORE THEIR APPOINTMENT
This is for your own safety. THE ONLY EXCEPTION IS FOR MEDICINES THAT YOU NEED TO TAKE - SEE
- To make your treatment as comfortable as possible, please wear a t-shirt with loose fitting cloths as this helps us as we will need to monitor your blood pressure, breathing, pulse and heart throughout your appointment.
- Please try to wear no make-up at all. If you must wear it make sure it is light as we need to be able to see natural skin colour and tone to monitor your health effectively throughout you treatment and keep you safe.
- PLEASE ALSO REMOVE ALL NAIL VARNISH – this is essential as to monitor your health throughout you treatment we need to be able to clearly see the colour of your skin beneath your nails.
- Please remove all jewellery as it has the potential to snag and could injure you or dislodge and become lost.
- Contact lens wearers must come prepared to remove them before treatment.
- Please wear sensible shoes – you will probably be unsteady on your feet after treatment.
IF YOU ARE PREGNANT – It is very important that if you are pregnant you avoid sedation treatment during pregnancy – in the early stages of your pregnancy certain drugs might affect the baby. Later on in pregnancy there are increased risks to the mother, as the stomach never empties completely. If you are or suspect you are pregnant please talk to one of our dentist in complete confidence – they will be happy to advise you further.
How will I get home?
IT DOESN’T MATTER WHETHER YOU HAVE FOLLOWED ALL OF THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE FIRST PAGE – IF YOU ATTEND YOUR APPOINTMENT WITHOUT A RESPONSIBLE ADULT CARER TO ACCOMPANY YOU WE CAN NOT TREAT YOU.
This policy is for the safety of you and others you may care for. Under the effects of sedative drugs after treatment you are a potential hazard to yourself (and others) on the street. You therefore need to arrange to be driven home or take a taxi with your responsible adult carer. You carer must remain with you until you have fully recovered (this may be as long as 24 hours) – your reactions may be dulled and it is important that your carer can concentrate on looking after you preferable without the additional responsibility of small children. Remember you may be at risk of harming yourself and others after you treatment due to the alteration of your reaction time following sedation. Before you attend your appointment please make sure you have organised somebody to care for you when you return home.
After treatment you will still have sedation drugs in your body and it is important that you AVOID ALCOHOL COMPLETELY for 24 hours. You may feel perfectly well, but your reactions will not be as good as normal and you could harm yourself or others.
Sedation drugs may remain in your body for up to 24 hours, if you drive within the 24 hour period it is considered as driving under the influence of drugs and will be treated as such by the police and the courts. Also your insurance may be void in these circumstances.
What happens if I cancel my appointment or refuse treatment?
If you do not give at least 48 hours notification that you can not attend your appointment, have not followed these instructions or simply refused to be treated at your appointment you will incur a £75 fee to cover the costs incurred on your behalf.
Are you taking any medicines?
DO NOT INTERRUPT ANY MEDICINES THAT HAVE BEEN PERSCRIBED FOR YOU. A common cause of concern is that you should have nothing to eat or drink. As it is important for you to take your medicines, if the medicine is a tablet, capsule or something similar, take it with no more half a cup of plain water. Don’t take them “dry” as they can stick on the way down but please only use plain water.
How will I feel after treatment and when can I go back to work?
THE 24 HOUR RULE
It may take as long as 24 hours to recover from the effects of sedation – no matter how well you feel within this time you SHOULD NOT BE IN A POSITION OF RESPONSIBILITY including the area listed below:
- you should not drive a vehicle
- you should not ride a bike
- you should not be responsible for looking after children
- you should not operate machinery
- you should not cook (including boiling, kettles)
If you feel well enough to go out make sure you have someone with you
if it is less than 24 hours after treatment. Following the 24 hour rule may mean that you have to have the next day off work or school but it is essential for your own safety and protection that you follow these guidelines.
If you do not adhere to this. Mawsley dental clinic will not accept responsibly for any consequences.
TREATMENT CHECK LIST
To help you plan for you appointment and ensure you can be treated
please complete this check list.
Tick once you have organised each point. If you fail to tick a box –
this could be mean you are not organised for your appointment and it
may have to be cancelled incurring a cancellation fee. It you have any queries – please ask. You need to tick each point to be ready for you appointment.
- Have you arranged your transport – car or taxi?
- Have you organised your personal escort to accompany you and stay with you after treatment?
- Have you arranged suitable childcare?
- Have you followed the food and drink guidelines?
- Have you signed you consent form?
- Have you organised your payment for your treatment?