TREATING ANXIOUS PATIENTS
The treatment you need without the pain
Many people are apprehensive about dental procedure and often postpone much needed treatment. IV sedation (sometimes referred to as Sleep Dentistry), is a pain-free way for patients to receive the dental care they need with the benefit of sedation. It is ideal for patients who suffer from anxiety, in relation to dental treatments or people who wish to complete several or lengthy procedures in a single appointment. Unlike a general anaesthetic, with IV Sedation you remain conscious, aware of your surroundings and able to follow instructions from the dentist all while in a deeply relaxed state.
Conducted under strict guidelines, your breathing and pulse is closely monitored throughout your procedure by a qualified and highly experienced Sedationist (Sedationist fee is claimable from Medicare). We will explain the procedure in detail and answer your questions before proceeding.
It is advised you not eat or drink for at least six hours prior your appointment. Following your procedure you will have little to no memory of the noises, smells, tastes, injections or drilling.
The effects of IV Sedation can take several hours to subside, therefore you will need to have someone drive you home. You should also allow yourself 24 hours to rest and recover fully.
If you’re apprehensive about certain aspects of your dental treatment, we encourage you to call and schedule a consultation appointment to discuss how IV Sedation could help you receive the care you need for the smile you want. The treatment you need without the pain.
Can Anxiety Affect Your Teeth?
Do You Know How Anxiety Affects Your Teeth?
Anxiety is well known for having a negative effect on the body, but did you know it can damage your teeth? Just imagine how you react during times of stress, as it is quite common to begin to tense up. As a result you may begin to clench and grind your teeth, a habit called bruxism. One of the main problems with bruxism is that it often occurs during sleep so you may be completely unaware you are clenching or grinding. Common symptoms include waking up with jaw or facial pain or chronic headaches. You might also begin to notice your teeth look worn down or chipped or are more sensitive towards hot and cold.
What about the Other Effects of Anxiety on Teeth?
Some people find they experience more acid reflux when they are anxious and this can negatively affect your teeth. Acid reflux exposes the teeth to strong stomach acids and these will gradually erode your tooth enamel, increasing your susceptibility towards tooth decay. In addition, feeling anxious or stressed can make you more likely to neglect proper oral hygiene, putting you at greater risk of developing tooth decay or gum disease.
What to Do If You Feel Anxiety
If you are under a lot of stress or anxiety then please don’t neglect your oral health. This is particularly important if you think you might have bruxism. We can provide you with a custom-made nightguard that will prevent your teeth from contacting so they cannot become any more chipped or worn. Wearing a nightguard also helps prevent any further damage to your jaw joints. At the same time, it’s probably worth having a word with your doctor to find out more about how to reduce anxiety levels and the best way to cope with other unpleasant symptoms.