If you have a deep-rooted fear of the dentist, it can be an unpleasant experience to know that you have to go into a dental practice and have urgent treatment done on your teeth. While you may want to improve your oral health, your dental phobia may be holding you back from getting the smile that you deserve.
Feeling very nervous about visiting the dentist can affect people in different ways. Some people may be afraid of the dentist because of a bad childhood experience which they keep replaying in their minds, while others may remember sounds and smells which bring back bad memories.
Dental sedation is one method which can calm you to a sufficient level that dental treatment can be carried out. It can benefit both nervous patients and those who have difficulty controlling their gag reflex, as well as people who are more prone to pain because of their sensitive teeth. In many cases, it allows for several dental procedures to be performed in one single appointment!
There are different types of sedation available and this includes the intravenous injection (IV), also known as twilight sedation, which is administered into the back of the hand or your arm. This will make you feel drowsy, but you will still be able to cooperate with everything that the dentist tells you. The effects of this kind of sedation can take a while to wear off, so it is essential that a friend or family member accompanies you home from the practice. It’s also essential to avoid drinking alcohol or operating machinery during this time as you will still be feeling drowsy.
At Portobello Dental Clinic, we offer twilight sedation as our preferred form of sedation dentistry in Dublin. This is a combination of sedative and pain relieving drugs to leave you in a calm state of relaxation throughout the entire dental procedure. Our two principal dentists Drs Helen Walsh and Nick Beirne are both certified and licensed to provide IV sedation to all patients, so you can feel assured that you’ll be treated in experienced hands.
If you would like to book an appointment, please call 01 454 2022. Our opening hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 8pm. Tuesday from 8am to 6pm, Friday from 8am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 3pm. additionally, please visit our website: www.portobellodental.ie for more information.