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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.
At Thurloe Street Dental and Implant Centre we recognise that some patients may suffer from a phobia, which can be much more serious than simple anxiety. 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.
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, or fear of the unknown, there are many factors that may contribute to dental phobia. Our dentists will always talk through these fears with sympathy and sensitivity. We will then discuss the options that we offer to help you receive the treatment you need to take care of your dental health.
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 will not remember much about the 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 stay with you for at least seven hours after the treatment. After IV sedation, you must not drive or operate any heavy machinery for at least seven hours until the effects have worn off.
We charge between £350 to £590 for intravenous sedation per appointment. This is a flat fee, unlike a per hour sedation rate. Many of our patients have said they prefer to know exactly how much sedation costs in order to budget for their treatment.
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