Nervous patients

Creating a positive dental experience

We are experienced and sympathetic in dealing with each patient’s anxieties and pride ourselves on developing a personal relationship with our patients. If you are nervous about treatment, or have had any previous difficulty with dental treatment, we encourage you to communicate this to us at your visit. We endeavor to create a friendly and relaxing environment to help deliver a positive dental experience for all our patients.

If you nervous and would like to discuss your options, please get in touch – We are happy to help!

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Nitrous Oxide

We offer Nitrous Oxide as a option for patients with dental anxiety. It is a mild sedation technique that uses a gas called nitrous oxide (often called ‘laughing gas’) to help reduce fear and anxiety during dental treatment. You breathe the gas through a small mask that sits over your nose. Typical effects include a feeling of relaxation and reduced anxiety and some people experience a tingling feeling in their face, hands and feet. This way of helping you to relax during treatment can help you to avoid the need for intravenous sedation or a general anaesthetic.

Who is nitrous oxide suitable for?

This form of sedation is suitable for both adults and children. For successful sedation, you must be able to breathe comfortably through your nose. You must also be able to understand and co-operate with the sedation. Nitrous oxide can be very helpful for patients who tend to gag during dental treatment, those who find cleanings uncomfortable and those who are nervous.

Is inhalation sedation safe?

Inhalation sedation is a very safe way of providing sedation because you breathe a high level of oxygen all the way through your treatment. It is quickly reversible and we do not use doses high enough to make you sleep. It is not suitable for everybody but your dentist will check carefully to make sure that you can have sedation safely. It is not suitable for people with a history of pneumothorax, glaucoma and respiratory disorders.