Lost sleep….feeling sick….sweaty palms….feel your heart beat out of your chest with nerves….and all because you are going to the dentist!! You may be worried but you are not alone. Lots of people young and old, male and female, big and small are scared by the dentist. Just one bad experience is enough to put you off for life, but please relax, help is here!
Things have changed!! Dentistry has moved on and we try our best to make your dental experience a pleasant one. Expect to be greeted with a smile, welcomed with a hand shake and talked to like a friend. The trust in your relationship with your dentist is important because your mouth is a very intimate space in which to work. It’s important to find someone you like and feel comfortable with. At Cahill Dental Care we will go out of our way to make you feel at home.
Sometimes just feeling relaxed and comfortable will help you at least get through the door and maybe even into the chair!!
We will always try and explain everything to you (with as much or as little information as you might want!) and remember those little things that can make a big difference. We want you to be involved with your treatment and the decision making process as much as possible.
If you find that you need some treatment that might take you out of your comfort zone, don’t worry, we can help. For people who are anxious or perhaps just having some treatment that is more complex than they are used to, we can offer dental sedation.
Sedation is a pleasant and rewarding way to get over your nerves. By using a medicine called midazolam in a vein in the back of your hand or inside your arm, we can help you cope with your treatment. Sedation is not going to sleep (a general anaesthetic) but it helps you achieve a state of deep relaxation when you can sit happily and complete your treatment with no worries whatsoever. You are still conscious and can talk to the dentist and nurses who will chat back when they need to. If you aren’t talking then you usually sit calmly and cooperative while the dentist works. Best of all, the majority of patients get some amnesia and so don’t remember very much about the treatment.
If you are interested in hearing more then you can meet one of our team over coffee in our chill out room or if you’re feeling brave, come and meet our sedationist Amit.
We are now able to offer inhalation sedation or “happy air!”
What is Inhalation Sedation
Inhalation sedation is a light form of sedation. It is a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen breathed through a nosepiece. This helps you feel relaxed and more accepting of treatment.
Inhalation sedation is also known as ‘happy air’. Inhalation sedation is NOT general anaesthesia. During inhalation sedation you can feel:
• slightly drowsy but not asleep
• slightly warm
• tingling in the feet or hands
You will be awake and conscious throughout the procedure and will be able to talk.
How quickly does it work?
Inhalation sedation takes a few minutes to become effective and also a few minutes to recover from at the end of the procedure.
Inhalation sedation is a safe and a recommended form of sedation for children and also suitable for adults