Nervous Patients

Reception

Many patients are nervous about visiting the dentist. In fact, fear is the main reason that adults in the UK give for putting off seeking dental treatment, often neglecting their teeth for many years until an emergency arises that forces them to book a dental appointment.

There are many reasons that patients give for being afraid of the dentist, from bad past experiences to a fear of being unable to get numb, or a phobia of the sights and sounds of the dental practice. Sometimes, patients fear being out of control. For those who haven't visited a dentist in many years, embarrassment may be a factor, as they fear being judged or criticised. Some people don't know the exact cause of their fear; whatever the reason, it can range from mild anxiety to complete phobia.

At Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we take your fears seriously. We are highly experienced in treating nervous and phobic patients, and offer a range of options to help you get the treatment you need, whatever the cause of your fear.

All of our patients receive a warm welcome and the chance to chat through any concerns they may have. For some people, learning about advances in dental techniques and technology and reassurances that you will be listened to at all times are enough to allay any fears. For those who need more help to get treatment, we offer treatment under sedation or with the aid of hypnotherapy-glasgow-scotland.

We also offer treatment under hypnotherapy, with our fully qualified hypnotherapist Margaret Caruthers. Hypnosis has been successfully used to manage anxieties and phobias for many years, and is also useful to break habits, meaning it is helpful for such things as smoking cessation.

Sedation

At Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, intravenous sedation techniques are carried out by our specialist and consultant anaesthetists. Sedation is useful in patients who are so anxious that they cannot have treatment under local anaesthetic alone. It also reduces the reflex of gagging. We would like to assure you that the team at the Scottish Centre for Excellence in dentistry will be very understanding of your feelings and anxieties. You can rest assured that we will listen very carefully to you and tailor your treatment so that it can be as stress and discomfort free as possible. Our anaesthetists use the very latest drugs, computerised delivery systems and continuous monitoring to ensure safe delivery of the intravenous sedative. The drugs used also result in a rapid recovery with fewer side effects.

There are certain requirements before and after treatment with sedation:

Before sedation
  • Remember that you must be accompanied to the clinic by a responsible adult who will stay at the clinic during your treatment and accompany you home.
  • Remember that you cannot travel home by public transport.
  • Arrive for your appointment approximately 15 minutes early so that any pre-treatment documentation can be completed.
  • Remove contact lenses.
  • Remove ALL make-up, particularly lipstick and nail varnish.
  • Remove ALL jewellery.
  • Tie back long hair.
  • Continue to take routine medicine unless the dentist has advised otherwise.
  • Tell the dentist or anaesthetist if you have been to see your family doctor or attended hospital since your consultation appointment.
  • Give details of any medicines, tablets or pills which you are taking, prescribed by your doctor or not, which you have not advised us of before.
  • Wear loose fitting and comfortable clothing. It is particularly important for sleeves to be loose.
  • Inform the anaesthetist if you are breast-feeding.
DO NOT...
  • Have anything to eat or drink for 2 hours prior to the appointment. This is extremely important the only exception is routine medication, which can be taken with a little water.
  • Drink any form of alcohol on the same day.
  • Bring anyone with you other than the responsible adult who will take you home. Please do not bring any children with you.
After sedation
  • Do rest for a few hours and spend the rest of the day quietly
  • Do eat light and easily digestible food for the rest of the day.
  • Do take any medicines, tablets or pills, which have been prescribed for you.
  • Do not drive any vehicle, operate any machinery, use cookers, kettles or irons or make any business decisions for 24 hours following your sedation. Your reflexes and judgment may have been temporarily affected.
  • Do not drink any form of alcohol until the following day.