If you need to visit the dentist for some important dental treatment, but you’re feeling nervous, then it can make you feel afraid to even make your appointment. It is best not to cancel however as avoiding dental work can put you at greater risk of more complex oral and dental health problems.

The good news is that you don’t have to suffer. Dental sedation is one option to consider and your dentist can provide this alongside your dental treatment. The effects of dental sedation include feeling relaxed and calm enough so that your fear virtually disappears and you are able to receive dental treatment. This benefits you greatly as it means that less dental visits overall are required to complete your treatment because we can do more than one item of treatment each time.

There are all sorts of reasons why a person could experience dental phobia and they usually start in childhood from an uncontrolled fear  (this might be down to a previous unpleasant experience, but sometimes, this fear is not instigated by anything at all) which has spiralled out of control. For some people, particular sounds and smells may bring back bad experiences or memories of being a child in the dental practice.

At Portobello Dental, we can make coming to the dentist a relaxing experience. Our team of dentists Dr Helen Walsh and Nick Beirne are highly skilled and trained to carry out twilight sedation, using a combination of pain relieving drugs and a sedative. This can be injected intravenously into the arm or the back of the hand to create a dream-like state of deep relaxation.

The intravenous injection allows for a more controlled dose to be administered. Twilight sedation may be useful if you have a high level of fear, a string gag reflex, very sensitive teeth or have experienced an unpleasant childhood or adult memory of dentistry.

After receiving dental sedation, you may wake up with no memory of what happened during treatment and it will feel as though you’ve awoken from a very deep sleep – so you have to be accompanied home by either a friend or family member.

To learn more about dental sedation, call 01 454 2022 to make an appointment. Our practice 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.You can also visit our website: www.portobellodental.ie for more information. If you’re looking for sedation dentistry in Dublin Portobello Dental Clinic can keep you calm during your dental treatment.

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