We offer various kinds of procedures for nervous patients.
For those who need a little help prior to getting dental treatment other than a sympathetic dentist we offer different types of sedation depending on the clinical necessity. Often a precription for some relaxants such as Valium taken beforehand can take the edge off the treatment and are enough for many nervous patients to go ahead. Sleeping well the night before takes the edge off the appointment and can dramatically reduce stress. For more anxious patients, taking some more valium before coming in is sufficient to ensure a comfortable appointment.
For those who are undergoing more lengthy procedures or who are very nervous we offer oral sedation. This is essentially a small drink which provides more profound reduction in anxiety. It also eliminates most if not all memory of the procedure. This is a very effective method of sedation for anxious patients and we are happy to be able to offer this procedure.
Oral sedation is very safe in healthy patients however it does legally require an escort to accompany you until you have recovered several hours later. You do not need to fast with oral sedation and anyone in good health is a suitable candidate. Oral sedation is chargeable separately which must be paid in advance and is non refundable if the procedure cannot go ahead due to lack of an escort. You must also sign the treatment plan in advance of treatment under oral sedation as you will not be able to legally consent for treatment once the IV drugs have been given.
For those who are very nervous oral sedation can allow most patients to undergo dental treatments uneventfully.