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Can I alleviate my fear of the dentist?

Yes - Some people are so frightened of the dentist that they avoid dental treatment altogether but today's dentists are sympathetic and in recognising that some patients experience real anxiety, they have developed new techniques and approaches to help. We are anxious to help you overcome your fears and we will listen and treat you sympathetically.

Modern dentistry is very customer focused and as such, a range of sedation and relaxation techniques have been developed to help anxious patients overcome their fears.

What else can help?

You can be helped to feel relaxed by 'relative analgesia' sometimes known as inhalation sedation. This means breathing in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen ('laughing gas') which quickly leads to a pleasant, relaxed feeling. At the same time, your dentist puts you at ease through calming speech. Although you may feel a little drowsy, you remain conscious throughout but any treatment given causes you no discomfort. You breathe in the mixture through a nosepiece which is very comfortable. You can't overdose on the gas as the mixture quickly leaves your body if you breathe in one or two breaths of ordinary air. There are no after-effects and you are able to drive a car about 15 minutes later. Many dentists use this safe and effective technique.