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Dental fear? Dentist visit can be relaxing!

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Maintaining Oral health is one of the important aspects of one’s day-to-day life. Maintaining oral health needs self-care, visit a dentist at regular time intervals. Perhaps most people have a fear/ phobia of Dentist visit and dental procedures. Dental anxiety a term used to describe fear, phobia, anxiety, or stress related to the dental setup. Anxiety associated with certain triggers such as needles, drills, sounds of dental machines, instruments, or dental setup in general. Dentist visit anxiety is caused even by mere mention or the thought of a dentist.

A negative past experience may instill fear in one’s mind specifically when a patient’s painful experience has occurred in childhood. Children are more anxious than adults for the very specific reasons of their fear of needles and overall going to a doctor. When they have to experience dental treatment pain related to tooth decay as well as the environment adds to their anxiety. When this fear eliminated in childhood itself, the child when grows into an adult has lesser or no anxieties.

Another possibility of fear is one’s concern about their oral health. Trust issues also play a major factor in dental anxiety. 

Dental fear. Scared young woman looking at dentist.
Dentophobia concept. Scared young woman looking at the dentist!

Regularly visit a dentist to help overcome mild fears. Some coping techniques that help reduce anxiety are as follows:

  1. Deep breathing 
  2. Meditation 
  3. Diverting attention such as listening to music
  4. Guided imagery
  5. Conscious sedation 
  6. Intra vascular sedation
  7. Hypnosis

Dentist visit can be relaxing with Conscious Sedation

Conscious sedation a technique in which the use of drugs and gases reduces a state of depression on the central nervous system (CNS) enabling treatment carried out. To put it in layman’s terms, it is a magic bullet that assists in overcoming dental phobia and comes with a host of benefits for the patient as well as the dentist.  During which verbal contact with the patient maintained throughout the period of sedation. It also retains the patient’s ability to maintain a patent airway independently and continuously. 

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What are the 3 stages of Conscious Sedation?

The first being mild conscious sedation. This minimal sedation is also called anxiolysis. With this kind of sedation the patient becomes relaxed but at the same time remains fully aware of the surroundings and respond to any questions asked. 

The second being moderate sedation. In this stage, the patient is  will be somnolent and may lose consciousness, but the patients do respond to an extend.

The third degree of sedation, which is Deep conscious sedationis a stage of sedation in which the patient falls asleep once the medication kicks in, and will be unresponsive most of the time. This stage of conscious sedation is suitable for people with acute dental phobias.

No More Heebie-Jeebies | Get Dental Treatment with Royal Dental Clinics

At Royal Dental Clinics, our conscious (no pun intended) endeavor is to be an epitome of comfort in the Oral Health Care Arena. If you suffer from dental anxiety, do not worry, you are not alone. If our class-leading team of dentists, cutting-edge technology, and a soothing ambiance are not enough, our professional-quality Conscious Sedation will facilitate you to get back to the dental chair, leaving behind all dental anxiety and enabling a comfortable experience sure to bring a smile to your face in the quintessential Royal Dental Clinics.

It is a known fact that most adults worldwide fear going to the dentist. To put this fact in numbers, around 61% of people worldwide suffer from dental phobia.

Data on dental phobia

A large chunk of people (around 39 percent) are afraid of the pain,  followed by the smell of chemicals (24 percent) and the sound of the drill (around 21 percent). A smaller number of people (around 7 percent) said they’re afraid of being stuck in the dental chair, while others said they’re afraid of having to keep their mouth open for a long time (a mere 5 percent).”

However, with sedation dentistry at Royal Dental Clinics, we beat all these numbers and make dental anxiety a thing of the past. Conscious sedation quickens the recovery time and helps you return to your everyday activities soon after the procedure.

What are the Stages of Conscious Sedation?

Our panel of experts will determine the degree to which you will be sedated after comforting you and having a discussion with you. This discussion will help our panel doctors to gauge your dental anxiety and similar factors. 

Drugs Used In Sedation Dentistry?

Only a trained dentist can perform the administration of sedation dentistry drugs. The highly skilled professionals at Royal Dental Clinics can control and adjust the level of sedation. Our team will discuss the sedation procedure in detail and we will work with you every step of the way to give you a seamless experience acquiring your confidence. The drugs commonly used for sedation can be encapsulated as below:

Oral Sedation: Valium, a trade name for the generic drug Diazepam, Midazolam (trade name Versed) Midazolam works well when short treatment procedures are performed.

Inhalation Sedation: Nitrous Oxide, is a combination of ‘laughing gas’ and oxygen and has been used for many years in routine dental surgeries.

IV Injections: Commonly used medication is Midazolam and Diazepam. Other IV meds are Meperidine (Demerol), Morphine, Butorphanol (Stadol), Nalbuphine (Nubari), Fetanyl (Sublimaze), Pentazocrine (Talwin), and Pentobarbital Sodium. (Nembutas) Propofol brings about a relaxed state but can be too easy to overdose and thus not recommended.

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Conscious Sedation for dental fear,

Leave Dental Anxiety At The Door. Visit Dentist with a Comforting Dental Experience:

Sedation dentistry comes with a host of benefits to both the patient and the dentist. Below are the couple of most prominent benefits:

1. Relaxation

Dental Anxiety keeps away a lot of people with dental problems from visiting the dentist. A few others keep postponing the appointment due to dental phobia. This is where Sedation Dentistry comes into play. It transforms dental appointments into gratifying experiences and causes minimal stress caused by Dental anxiety and phobia. But with sedation patients have no control over their movements, hence making it more seamless and comfortable for the patient as well as the dentist. 

2. Say Good Bye To Discomfort 

Conscious Sedation in dentistry can benefit everyone. The patient is less fatigued by a dental procedure if they have been sedated. The use of nitrous oxide increases the patient’s pain threshold and makes the entire treatment procedure comfortable. With or without Conscious Sedation, the experience at Royal Dental Clinics is a comforting one.


So if you are putting off dental work because of dental phobia, don’t worry Conscious Sedation at Royal Dental Clinics might offer the best solution.

Our team of award winning dentists is specially trained to deliver Conscious Sedation and will make sure that you are safe and comfortable at all times during your visit. Hope this helps you overcome Dental Phobia and brings a Smile To Your Face – The Royal Dental Way. 

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  1. Mind blowing blog. Thank you.

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