Most of us don't particularly like going to the dentist. But for some people, a trip to their local dental clinic fills them with tremendous fear.
Phobic patients have long since had to grit their teeth when visiting their dentist. However, with the development of sedation dentistry they need fear no longer.
Sedation techniques are used to allow dental treatment to be performed in a stress free environment. There are several different types of sedation dentistry available, and the most common of which are inhalation sedation, intravenous sedation, and oral sedation.
Inhalation sedation is where a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen is administered via a mask over your nose. In the case of intravenous sedation, a sedative drug is injected through a cannula into a vein on the back of your hand. And finally, oral medicines can be taken before your appointment to reduce anxiety and apprehension.
Some forms of sedation dentistry are available on the NHS. Talk to your local NHS dentist to find out more. Sedation techniques are widely offered by private dentists throughout the UK. Prices can vary from clinic to clinic but costs are generally low in comparison to cosmetic dental procedures.
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