Techniques we use to ease dental anxiety
- Relaxation gas (Nitrous Oxide & Oxygen)
- Practice tours and staff introductions
- Desensitisation to drill noises
- Dental sedation (IV, oral and inhalation)
- Local anaesthetic for most treatments
- Noise-cancelling headphone music
- Music of your choice
Dental sedation is safe and effective.
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Dental sedation explained
Our dentists use dental sedation to help you feel more at ease during your treatments.
Unlike general anaesthetic, it won’t put you to sleep – you’ll still be conscious and able to speak with your dentist, but you’ll be deeply relaxed, feeling no discomfort or pain.
You’ll likely have very little memory of the procedure, and no memory = no pain.
Dental sedation is not just reserved for invasive procedures; anxious patients can opt to have more routine procedures like hygiene treatments or restorations like fillings.
Why inhalation sedation is better
- There are fewer side effects compared to IV sedation.
- Best for needle-phobic patients.
- Recovery is faster (five to ten minutes) as oxygen wears away nitrous oxide.
- Cheaper than other sedatives.
- Suitable for a majority of patients, including children.
- Driving might be possible. Ask the clinician.
Types of conscious dental sedation
- Intravenous sedation (IV) – A sedative is injected into the vein.
- Inhalation sedation – Inhaling sedative gas through a mask placed over your nose and mouth.
- Oral sedation – Where you take a sedative in pill form.
Instructions for after dental sedation
Following your treatment, you’ll initially recover in practice to allow the effects of sedation to subside. You’ll be discharged once you’re fully recovered – but you must have someone to pick you up and take you home. Patients should not drive or exercise until 24 hours have passed.
Helping children’s fear of the dentist
Fear of the dentist is quite common in children, and it’s important to work with your child to prevent them from developing dental anxiety that might hold them back in the future.
How much does dental sedation cost?
The cost will vary depending on the type of sedation you choose.
For example, IV sedation is charged by the hour, so if your procedure is particularly long, as seen with full arch restoration treatments using implants, you’ll have to pay for a minimum of four hours of sedation.
For inhalation sedation using laughing gas, patients can expect to pay £120 for simple procedures.
The moment I stepped into the clinic, the friendly receptionist – Michael, greeted me with a warm smile and efficiently took care of the check-in process. The waiting area was clean, comfortable, and featured modern decor that helped create a relaxing atmosphere. It was clear that the staff at at CapCityDental value professionalism and patient comfort.
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In conclusion, my dental cleaning experience at CapCityDental was nothing short of outstanding. From the moment I walked in to the moment I left, I felt valued as a patient and confident in the care I received. The professionalism, expertise, and genuine concern for patient well-being were evident throughout. I wholeheartedly recommend this clinic to anyone seeking exceptional dental care in a welcoming and modern environment.
I’m already looking forward to my next visit!
Thanks to George I only require routine checkups and the odd piece of work now. Seeing George has made going to the dentist a breeze and a very happy social occasion!
I can’t recommend George highly enough. The best dentist I’ve ever had. Very attentive and caring…with exquisite attention to detail; second to none.
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