162 Banbury Road Summertown OX2 7BT
01865 515 805 Emergency: 07985716665
If you are nervous
We will first meet you just for a chat (consultation) and learn exactly what your worries are. You do not even have to sit in the dental chair initially.
We will put ourselves in your hands. You are always in control. Only treatment that you are comfortable about having carried out will be carried out.
We will keep you in control. Even if you want us to stop during treatment - just let us know. If we are in the middle of doing something, put your hand up and we will stop IMMEDIATELY.
Conscious Intravenous sedation
Conscious IV sedation is a fantastic way to alleviate patient anxiety and distress associated with dental procedures. In sedation we administer a drug that will prevent you from being conscious of the procedures being carried out. You will not remember anything about the treatment, and it will seem to pass very quickly. Under conscious sedation, a patient will be in a very calm and relaxed state – but will still be conscious throughout the duration of the procedure; this enables the dentist at Oxford Dental Centre to communicate easily with the patient, who in turn can readily follow the requests or instructions of the dentist.
At Oxford Dental Centre, we have routinely used IV sedation to treat patients apprehensive of dental treatment to make them Smile Proud!
IV sedation, can be applied for almost all types of dental treatments ranging from routine hygiene to extensive complex dental treatment, please ask our dentist. Additionally, IV sedation also can offer varying degrees of retrograde amnesia. This prevents recollection of the dental treatment which for some patients enables them to visit the dentist for routine check-up without being nervous. This contrasts with general anaesthesia, where patients may prefer to be “put to sleep” or “want to be unaware of the dental treatment”.
Who will benefit from Oxford Dental Centre sedation?
• People who experience anxiety about dental visits
• Individuals who have had traumatic dental experiences in the past
• Patients who are receiving complex treatments/ surgery
• People who have experience difficulties with getting numb
• Individuals who have a strong gag reflex
• People who have TMJ troubles, and cannot open their mouth for extended periods of time
• Those who are afraid of having needles inside their mouth
• Those who have sensitive teeth
• People who hate the noises and/or smells associated with dental care
• Individuals who simply do not have the time for multiple visits for dental treatments
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedatives are taken by mouth in the form of tablets, capsules or liquids. These drugs can either be used to relax you before your trip to the dentist or act as a sedative to help you when you are having treatment. It acts in about 20 minutes.
I had a bad experience as a child what is it like now?
Dental techniques have improved so much over the last few years that modern dental treatment can now be completely painless. If you have not been to see a dentist for some time, you will probably find that things have improved a lot since your last visit. The general attitude is likely to be more relaxed; the dental techniques and safety procedures will be much better and the equipment more up to date.
Will the dental treatment hurt?
Patients are often frightened that on their visit to the dentist they will have to sit through uncomfortable or downright painful treatment, especially if they have suffered from bad experiences at the dentist in the past. We promise this will not happen when you visit us. We use excellent anaesthetics and gentle techniques and we consider our care of you to be failing unless you are always completely comfortable . The most frequent comment people make at the end of their treatment is ″if I had known it was that painless I wouldn′t have worried about coming″.
I feel uneasy when I am not in control
We will never start treatment, even a check-up, without your being ready. We will agree a signal you can give us, such as a raised hand, if you need us to stop what we are doing at any time. If you decide part way through an appointment that you have had enough for today, we will stop treatment. You can have absolute faith that you are in complete control of what is always happening.
I am uneasy with dental needles
Lots of people have the same phobia, so you are not alone. We always try to use materials and techniques that do not need an injection if you are frightened of needles. If we feel that it is advisable that your teeth are numb before treatment, we will explain this to you. We can use a special gel to numb your gum first if you would like, and then our local anaesthetic injections are given so gently that many people do not even feel them.
The dentist′s drill makes me anxious
Again, this is a common worry.
If your anxiety is based on a worry that the drilling will hurt, we would refer you back to our pain free promise. You will not have to sit through any painful treatment here. If you don′t like the noise, you are welcome to bring your iPod or MP3 player. If you dislike the sensation of drilling, we can do shorter treatments, or give you frequent ″breathers″.
I am embarrassed about how bad my teeth are
The team at Oxford Dental Centre are all experienced dental professionals, and we can promise you that we see patients with high treatment requirements all the time. It takes a lot of courage to come for treatment if you are nervous, especially when you know you need a lot of work. We applaud that, and we thank you for choosing us to help you on your way towards a healthy mouth and that amazing smile you are going to be sporting soon.
Do you offer sedation at Oxford Dental Centre?
Yes, we do, sedation is a fantastic way to relax during your treatment, the medication puts you into a calm dream-like state. Most patients come around after sedation not even realising that they have had extensive oral surgery. We offer both oral sedation and intravenous sedation which is given by injection. Whichever technique is used, the procedures involved will be FULLY EXPLAINED.
Will I ever feel differently about visiting the dentist?
It is highly likely! As you get to know and trust the dentist, hygienist and other members of the dental team at our practice, your fears will dampen.