Options for anxious patients
At Ocean Reef Dental Surgery, we understand that people of all ages can have anxiety about dental treatments. When you visit our clinic, our caring team will do everything we can to help you feel more comfortable and relaxed, so you can get the important care you need.
What is dental anxiety?
Dental anxiety is quite common, with as many as one in six Australians saying they have some fear of visiting the dentist.
While most people can still keep up with their regular check-ups, more severe dental phobia can sometimes lead to people delaying or skipping their appointments. This can make oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease more likely to develop.
How can we help?
If you have dental anxiety, our dentists in the Northern Perth suburbs will take the time to listen to your concerns and help you find ways to get the important dental care you need.
We want you to feel at ease during your visit, which is why we've designed our dental clinic to be a comfortable environment. You dentist can discuss a range of options that can help ease your anxiety, help you feel more confident about your treatment, and talk through any concerns you have. Our friendly team will make sure you know all the options and have all the information you need to make an informed decision about your treatments.
If you decide to go ahead with a treatment but you still feel nervous, sedation may be an option to help you feel more calm.
Conscious sedation involves administering drugs that affect the central nervous system, which may help reduce fear and anxiety. This can help you to feel more calm and to numb pain responses, without causing loss of consciousness.
You will still be able to respond to your dentist's instructions as they carry out your treatment, but you'll normally have little memory of the experience afterwards.
Conscious sedation in dentistry has been safely used in Australia for many years, although as with any treatment there can sometimes be risks and side-effects. Your dentist will make sure you are aware of these so you can decide whether sedation is the right choice for you. Sedatives may only be administered by a qualified dentist who is endorsed by the Dental Board of Australia.
Types of sedation
If you think sedation dentistry could help you, we'll first check your medical history to find out if you have any allergies or other conditions that could make you unsuitable. We'll explain what each sedation option involves, including how it will affect your recovery period, so you can make an informed decision.
At Ocean Reef Dental Surgery, we offer two types of sedation: oral sedation and intravenous (IV) sedation.