You are not alone
You are not the only one with this problem. According to the British Dental Association 25% of the British people suffer from some sort of anxiety before visiting the dentist. This can be a mild anxiety or many times it is a severe problem for the patients.
Unfortunately, patients delay their treatment because of their phobia. This is very dangerous as a dental problem cannot be eliminated without dental intervention and it also leads to more problems later on. Generally speaking, the later a treatment starts, the more problems occur.
Are you a dental phobic?
If you experience more symptoms of the following ones before visiting the dentist, it is likely that the cause of the problem is the dental phobia:
- You have already noticed that you have dental problems but have not visited your dentist yet
- Generally speaking, you visit your dentist only if your pain or problem is severe
- You have booked an appointment for dental consultations but cancelled them many times (by referring to some minor or major reasons)
- While sitting in the waiting room the nervousness get more intense, you sweat and experience that your heart beats so fast
- You cannot sleep well the day before the treatment
- When the dentist takes a dental equipment nearby your mouth you feel that it is harder to breathe
- You are afraid of any kinds of medical examinations and treatments
- You had bad experiences from the past regarding doctors, dentists and treatments
What causes this feeling?
Most people are afraid of the pain they could experience during and after the treatment, the injection, the wound, the bleeding, the infections and the allergic reactions the most. It also happens that people feel uncomfortable because of the hands moving around their mouths. There are some who do not like that the effect of the anesthetics is still present after the treatment making it difficult to speak and eat for a little while longer.
The dentists working with us all are prepared for these situations. They all take the time and energy to find the best solution to ease the patients’ fear.
Overcome the dental phobia! But how?
Over the last 10 years we have helped thousands of patients overcome their dental phobias. If you wish to be one of these patients, the following three steps will help you:
- Trust the expertise of the dentist!
- Get acquainted with the experience of our former patients!
- Find out more about local anesthetics and IV sedation!
Trust the expertise of the dentist!
The dentists and the dental team working with us are highly experienced experts with an experience of more than ten years. All the dentists are specialized in a certain field so you are in good hands during the treatment.
In the following video they talk about the experience of their patients’:
Get acquainted with our former patients!
Getting acquainted with our former patients can be a good help too. Those who fought their dental phobia bravely and said yes to the treatment are now happy to help others make the decision:
Would you like to watch the other videos as well? You can access other testimonial videos here!
It’s possible without fear and pain!
Today, dental tools and technology that eliminates the pain and fear are available to almost anybody. The most common ones are local anesthesia and IV sedation.
About local anesthesia
Using local anesthesia eliminates the pain in a particular tooth or group of teeth. Only a few know that it does not cut the senses but prevents the development of pain. You can still feel the push or the touch on the area.
Our dentists choose among several types of anaesthetics that suits your dental situation and treatment the best.
The most frequently used is the combination of lidocaine and adrenaline. Lidocaine is responsible for elimination the pain while adrenaline maintains the painkiller effect as long as it is needed.
Earlier on, novocaine was also used, however, it is less and less frequently used because allergic reactions. The ultracaine is more commonly used with treatments in relation with periosteum and mucosa, when there should be less blood on the particular area. The base for the effect of marcaine is that it prevents the transmission of sensing hot and cold to the brain.
All in all, the above mentioned drugs are all suitable for preventing the feeling of any pain during the treatment.
What does anaesthetization involve?
After choosing the right type of anaesthetics our dentists inject it to the tissue with the help of a thin needle. The function of the nerves that are responsible for sensing is stopped for the next couple of hours.
Sometimes the biggest fear is the needle itself. In these cases the dentists use a lidocaine spray or gel that makes the area numb so that the pain of injection is not felt.
What do you need to know before receiving local anaesthetics?
- If you have to arrive early for the treatment be sure to eat before it! On one hand, if you do not eat, you can faint, on the other hand, you cannot eat until the effect of the anaesthetics is gone (2 or 3 hours after the treatment) as you can easily hurt your tongue and the mucosa.
- Do not drink alcohol before and soon after the treatment!
- You can drink fluid even right after the treatment but you need to be careful while swallowing.
- If you have any allergic reaction to any kinds of anaesthetics, please let our dentists know. It is also important to list the pills you take regularly.
- Local anaesthesia can also be used in the case of an inflamed tooth though it requires more attention. By choosing the right drug and the right amount of it, the anaesthesia can be perfectly done.
- The anaesthetized area can be sensitive for a while after the treatment but there is no need to worry as it is gone soon.
- Some anaesthetics (e.g. lidocaine) can get to the fetus a small amount can get to the breast milk so pregnant women should consult the dentist beforehand.
Are there any side effects of using anaesthetics?
As a lot of medical drugs, local anaesthesia can also have side effects. The slight numbness and throbbing stop within a few hours.
Allergic reactions are rare but they can happen. It is crucial of importance to know about the previous allergic reactions you had because of anaesthetics or any other medicine. After injecting the anaesthetics one can faint or feel sick. The most common reason for these is the fear of the injection or that the patient did not eat before the treatment. If a small vein is injured during the anaesthesia haematoma can appear that can go along with the swelling of the face. It usually heals spontaneously after 1-2 weeks. It is also not frequent but sometimes the patient feels being unable to open his/her mouth properly. If it is not severe it heals within a few days spontaneously. In more severe cases (e.g. total lockjaw) the patient should visit his/her dentist.
About IV sedation
Long and more serious dental treatments (like the Swiss 5 day implantation) is carried out under the so-called IV sedation. The aim of the IV sedation is to eliminate all anxieties and fear during the treatment after receiving the intravenous tranquilizer. Adding local anaesthetics the pain also goes away.
As opposed to general interventions, the great advantage of the IV sedation is that you are awake during the treatment and you are only in a relaxed state and you feel that the time spent in the dental chair much more less than it really is.
The IV sedation makes it possible to control the swallowing and breathing reflexes, the dentists can communicate with you, you are conscious through the whole treatment.
What does the process of IV sedating involve?
Examining the anesthesiological conditions comes before the IV sedation itself during which the anesthetist checks you general health conditions putting a great emphasis on the medications you take regularly and the allergic reactions you had before.
As the first step, the anesthetist places the sensors that will show the exact physiological situation (e.g. blood pressure, heart functions, breathing, oxygen supply). The anesthetist watches all these values so you will be in good hands all through the treatment.
After that a canula is inserted which will help the drug of the IV sedation get into the bloodstream. The effect is immediate. After the treatment you will be under observation for 1-2 hours and we remove the canula. With an adult accompany you can go home after that.
What you need to know before the IV sedation:
- You cannot eat for 4-5 hours before the IV sedation and cannot drink anything 2-3 hours after it. The reason for this is that you cannot control totally consciously the swallowing and coughing reflex.
- Children and pregnant women cannot undergo the conscious sedation but it is available most of the healthy people. Your dentist and the anesthetist will decide whether you are suitable for the IV sedation.
- The only thing that might cause a discomfort is the canula but it does not take so long.
- The sedation makes you feel more relaxed. As a result, your reaction time slows down there might be changes in your senses even a couple of hours after the treatment so it is very important to have someone accompany you and to take you home after the treatment.
- Most people do not remember all the steps of the treatment though they were conscious of treatment the whole time.
- Do not make any plans for the day of your treatment. You need to take a rest after the treatment.
- Avoid driving after the treatment.
- IV sedation can make you feel carefree. Those who have a more cheerful temper might laugh and smile under IV sedation.
Is there any side effect of the IV sedation?
Thanks to sedation unpleasant feelings like feeling sick, feeling dizzy or the irritation caused by the respirator tube can be avoided. The only thing that might cause a discomfort is the canula but it does not take so long.
After the treatment you will feel a bit numb and woozy so you should avoid driving and need to rest a lot.
You have already taken the first step
If you wish to receive dental treatment but are afraid of the dentist we have some good news: you have already taken the first step fight your dental phobia by reading our blog.
Leave the rest to us!
The implantologists and anaesthetists working with us use the latest equipment and materials so whether your treatment is carried out under local anesthetics or IV sedation, you can be sure that you will not be scared of feel any pain during the treatment and you will be pleased with the result.
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