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Treatments - Nervous Patients

Perceiving dental treatment as a painful experience is more common than most people think. According to the British Dental Association, approximately 12% of us are believed to experience “extreme dental anxiety” and around 25% of the UK population suffer from some sort of anxiety before a visit to the dentist.

 

Are you a nervous patient or do you suffer from “dental phobia”?

At Thurloe Street Dental we recognize that some patients may suffer from a condition which is a “Phobia” And therefore can be much more serious than anxiety. Phobia can be the result of a painful experience in the past or in people who have not had a dental procedure before, just a perception of how painful it could be. Patients experiencing dental phobia often try to avoid the situation altogether and often their oral health begins to suffer. Patients who are phobic often hold the misconception that they are the only ones crippled by this condition.

 

How can we help you overcome your fear of visiting the dentist?

We believe in talking through these fears to be able to offer the best solution. Whether it is a fear of gagging, fear of needles, fear of pain, fear of the “unknown”, or fear brought on by smells of dental materials, there can be many factors that contribute to dental phobia. Dr. Raza always talks through these with sympathy and sensitivity. We then discuss the options that we offer to help you receive the treatment you need to take care of your dental health.

 

Oral sedation

This method helps to relax you before and during your dental treatment.  It is taken by mouth in a liquid form before dental treatment and it takes effect quickly. Oral sedation also has an effect of amnesia (which means patients do not remember many details of the dental treatment).

We charge £80 for oral sedation.

 

Intravenous sedation

With this method of conscious sedation, the sedative drug is administered into a vein in your arm or in the back of your hand. The onset of the drug is very quick and the feeling of relaxation takes over within seconds of administering IV sedation.  You will forget the feelings of anxiety and not remember much about what happened under treatment. The drugs used for IV sedation are more effective than the drugs taken orally.

 

Somebody will need to collect you from the surgery after dental treatment and be with you for at least 7 hours after the treatment. After IV sedation, you must not drive or operate any heavy machinery for at least 7 hours until the effects have worn off.

 

We charge between £250 to £590 for Intravenous Sedation per appointment. This is a flat fee unlike a “per hour” sedation rate. Many of our patients have told us that they prefer to know exactly how much sedation costs would be in order to budget their treatment.

IV Consent
IV Instruction Escort

 

Read what some of our patients tell us about having dental treatment under intravenous sedation:

“When under Sedation, I really didn’t feel a thing. It was very comfortable and gentle and felt completely normal within a couple of hours of the treatment. I wouldn’t hesitate to use it again – in fact I would strongly recommend it.”

– Mr. James Massey (MD, The Massey Partnership)

“For someone who has been literally terrified at even the prospect of a dental appointment, finding Mr. Raza is of the miracle variety. He has given me the confidence to move forward on a treatment program where the use of sedation allows me to be completely calm and relaxed during treatment”

– Mr. Iain Hunter (CEO, HS Dominion New York / London)

“Just awoke from a good long sleep and found myself with gleaming new teeth! They look great! Thank you all for being so nice!”

– Mrs Alda Ford (Director, Wedgewood Travel Limited)

“I first went to see Dr Raza in Spring 2009 when my persistent toothache became too overwhelming to control with painkillers and I found myself unable to eat, sleep or even think. Before calling Dr Raza’s practice, I had spoken with several other dentists near my London office, explaining inexplicable terror of dentists and trying to identify whether or not they would be able to treat me without reducing me to a shivering mass of anxiety. While most dentist practices I contacted assured me that they had dealt with patients like myself before, the only measure of “panic prevention” I was offered was local anesthetics, which had never done much to help me in the past as my main fear is related to the dentist him-/ herself, the chair, the environment and the instruments rather than any actual or imagined pain during treatment. I had heard of IV sedation before and thought it may be a good option for someone like myself, however I’d been told that it was “costly”, “time-consuming” and/or “unnecessary” by other dentists. When I contacted Dr Raza’s practice, I was immediately assured that my fear of the dentist would not be an issue and they also cleared a spot for me straight away to see to my (by now excruciatingly painful) tooth. After an initial assessment it was clear that I would require root canal treatment, which amounted to my worst dentistry-related nightmare and intensified terror I was feeling at sitting on a dentist’s chair. I was somewhat dubious about the IV sedation at fist, believing that it would be a) only incapacitate me while still feeling the sheet terror during treatment or b) be completely ineffective and simply a placebo to keep me sitting in the chair for a while longer. I was completely wrong on both accounts and left 1.5hrs later, a little groggy but without a toothache – and more importantly, without the anxiety that would usually precede any visit to the dentist and linger for several days after treatment as I have had no recollection of the work that had been done. While I have been completely in control of my actions and able to communicate while under sedation, all I recall from my treatments is the injection prior to the treatment followed by a warm and “fuzzy” feeling without remembering the “unpleasantness” of the treatment itself, and administration of the local anesthetics preceding the dental work or feeling the helpless terror I had previously experienced when sitting in a dental chair. As I have been avoiding the dentist for almost 10 years due to my anxiety (which, in my experience, many dentists can be very ungracious and impatient in dealing with), I have had a lot more dental work done at Dr Raza’s practice and IV sedation, in combination with Dr Raza and his gracious, patient and experienced staff, has not only helped me get through all of my treatments but, almost more importantly, has gone a long way to overcoming the panic I would usually feel when thinking of dentist s and I am now able to go to a routine check up without feeling anxious and nauseous for day before and without sitting in the waiting room shaking like a leaf with anticipation of the upcoming terror of having to climb “the chair”. I can only recommend IV treatment to anyone who experiences similar feelings when going to, or thinking of, the dentist – while you can “push through” each treatment at a time without sedation, it will likely only intensify the fear and heighten the anxiety preceding each visit.”

– Michaela Tyson – Australia

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