Sedation dentistry provides a relaxing, anxiety-free experience for people receiving dental treatment. These techniques have been developed for people who are too afraid to go to the dentist and don’t get the dental care they need.
Fear of the dentist often prevents people from receiving necessary routine dental care – which potentially compromises the health and functionality of their mouth and smile.
What is sedation?
Oral sedation dentistry is now a common technique that is easy and requires no needles. Oral sedation dentistry maintains a level of consciousness in the patient for safety and cooperation but you will feel relaxed and experience no pain.
There is also the traditional injection – into the blood vessels of the hand or arm – which is safe and effective when administered by trained professionals. Although some forms of sedation (such as nitrous oxide gas) may raise your threshold for pain, most dental treatments still require a local anesthetic injected in the mouth, even when sedation dentistry techniques are performed. However, this injection will occur after you are already sedated so you won’t mind having the injection.
Holistic sedation techniques
We can also offer clinical hypnotherapy for those people who do not want to be medicated. This is available for patients undergoing treatment as a one off or our dentist, Dr Alexia Malik who is a Dental Phobia Certified and a registered member of the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis, offers ongoing clinical hypnotherapy to help permanently free you from all your dental fears and phobias. You will also learn the art of self hypnosis to practice at home for your own personal use which will further aid the hypnosis sessions with Dr Alexia and your own future dental visits.
Hypnosis can increase your coping skills enabling you to feel less nervous and helping you to remain comfortably relaxed, before, during and after your visit to the dentist. Dr Alexia’s surgery in Astley, Manchester has been specifically designed to induce a state of calm and relaxation to help nervous patients feel more at ease. There is mood lighting, aromatherapy, relaxing music, water fountain and candles to give the feeling of a spa instead of a clinical dental visit.
Dr Alexia has worked all over the world, as a flying dentist treating the aboriginals in Australia to navigating the islands of Vanuatu to treat the tribes and sailing the Amazon river to provide dental care to the Amazonian villagers in Peru. This experience means that there is no situation that she hasn’t already encountered and no mouth that she hasn’t already seen so you can rest assured that you are in good safe hands.