What can I do to ease my nerves before my appointment?
If you’re feeling nervous about going ahead with dental treatment because of your dental phobia – don’t cancel your appointment! It’s important to understand that there’s no need to be afraid of the dentist Kent. Avoiding your dental visit could prevent you from achieving optimum oral health.
Modern dentistry is highly advanced and uses a number of techniques to make nervous patients feel as relaxed and calm as possible. One of these methods is known as dental sedation.
Nervous patients in Kent should visit the Parrock Street Dental and Implant Centre, as we provide the intravenous or IV sedation which is given by injection and administered into your either the back of your hand or into your arm. There’s no need to worry either as it’s a controlled dose, meaning that you’re only given the amount needed to get you through the treatment comfortably.
Some of the side effects include drowsiness so you will feel completely calm and yet you will still be able to co-operate fully with the dentist in Kent. These effects will wear off after a while although your dentist will advise you how long it takes to clear out of your body. During this time you won’t be able to drive, drink or operate machinery, so it’s best to take a friend with you to give you a lift home after treatment.
Other methods which may help to relieve your nerves include inhalation sedation which offers a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen, i.e. laughing gas. When breathed in this mixture produces a relaxed and pleasant feeling, although you will be conscious throughout. This is a safe option as the laughing gas quickly leaves the body and it’s possible to drive 15 minutes after receiving treatment.
If you’re looking for a gentle caring dentist in Kent, Dr Rik Trivedi can help. As well as being a qualified dentist, he is also an NLP practitioner and has experience of treating dental phobia and anxiety. To find out how Dr Trivedi can help you, please give the Parrock Street Dental and Implant Centre a call on 01474 537 191 to book an appointment.
The practice opening hours are Monday and Wednesday from 9am to 5pm, Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to 8pm, Friday from 9am to 3pm and Saturday from 9am to 2pm.