Dental phobia is very common but doesn’t go unnoticed. The Wimpole Street Dental Clinic takes pride in being the ideal dentist for nervous patients, and we can help you feel comfortable and calm during our dental treatments.

How do you calm a patient?

For some, dental care seems unattainable due to the fear and anxiety caused by bad experiences and certain dental procedures.

If you feel scared or uncomfortable when you get to the dentist’s practice, you’re not alone. But there are ways to calm nerves, especially if you are scared of the dentist but need treatment. We at Wimpole Street Dental Clinic want you to feel comfortable and confident during a visit with us. That’s why we provide conscious sedation to provide the relief needed to undergo an oral health visit and kick dental phobia to the curb.

What are the different types of conscious sedation?

We can help relieve your fear and anxiety when you sit in our chair. Today, there are three different levels of sedation recognised in the U.K. that can help. Those include:

  • Minimal sedation (or Anxiolysis): This is often referred to as changing your mood. In this state, you feel calm, are responsive to verbal commands and unconcerned about the procedure.
  • Moderate sedation or conscious sedation: This is where you’re more deeply sedated, become drowsy and sleepy (and may even sleep intermittently), are responsive to verbal commands, and feel calm.
  • Deep sedation: At this level of sedation, you may become unconscious. This level is not allowed in the U.K. for sedation outside the operating room.

What is conscious sedation?

At Wimpole Street Dental Clinic, we understand your concerns and we take them very seriously. Understanding how conscious sedation works can help you feel more at ease before committing to a treatment.

Conscious sedation is designed to make you feel comfortable, relaxed and safe during a procedure. Administration of sedatives results in becoming drowsy, sleepy and pain-free. While you are in an optimal state of relaxation, you are not completely unconscious at any point during the administration, which means you can communicate with the dentist at this time.

Conscious sedation is achieved with intravenous agents such as benzodiazepines, opiates, other sedative/anaesthetics, and usually administered into a vein, or by inhalation agents such as nitrous oxide.

A sedationist is present to watch your vital signs and ensure your safety throughout the procedure, so you can rest assured that the necessary precautions are taking place during your visit.

How long does conscious sedation last?

Have no fear. The effects of conscious sedation will gradually wear off during the course of the day, but the length of your sedation will depend upon your procedure. A recovery period of 20 to 30 minutes must be respected before you are discharged. Within 24 hours, most patients consider themselves well enough to return to their normal activities.

What do recovery and side effects of conscious sedation look like?

Don’t worry. Unlike general anaesthesia, conscious sedation comes with a quick recovery time.

Side effects are mild as well. The most common include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat

In fact, many patients recall experiencing very few side effects at all and feel very satisfied with the conscious sedation experience.



Are you ready to gain the confidence to get over your dental phobia?

There’s no reason to avoid the dentist. Come see the award-winning professionals at Wimpole Street Dental Clinic to help you ease your fear and anxiety over the dentist and walk away with an award-winning smile. Book an appointment today to restore your teeth and say goodbye to dental phobia for good.

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Is conscious sedation an option for everyone?

As with any anaesthetic, your suitability to undergo conscious sedation is determined by your age, health, need, and the procedure that is being performed.

From a medical perspective, if you are an adult who is healthy or has controlled medical conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes or asthma, you qualify for sedation. If you have significant or uncontrolled medical conditions, such as severe heart disease or morbid obesity, you need to be assessed to your suitability for sedation.

When should patients consider conscious sedation?

Conscious sedation dentistry is widely available for treatments at Wimpole Street Dental Clinic.

It’s a viable option for you in instances such as:

  • Routine investigations, like biopsies or endoscopies
  • When you’re feeling very anxious and need assistance overcoming your fear and anxiety
  • When you’ve had a previous traumatic experience
  • Uncomfortable procedures
  • More invasive, complex and prolonged procedures
  • For specific procedures that may not be particularly painful, but require them to be very still during the surgery

How do patients prepare for conscious sedation?

We want to put you at ease from the moment you schedule your appointment until you leave the practice after the treatment.

You will receive pre- and post operation instructions during the initial consultation before the procedure. Generally, dentists recommend the following guidelines to prepare for conscious sedation:

  • No solid food for six hours prior to the procedure
  • All patients may have clear liquids until two hours before the procedure

If you are diabetic and follow strict dietary guidelines and eating schedules, talk to your dentist about this during the consultation.

What treatment options are available for patients with dental phobia?

Conscious sedation should always be evaluated with respect to other available options, such as local anaesthesia and/or regional anaesthesia, local anaesthesia with behavioural management techniques and general anaesthesia.

Don’t worry about any pressure during a consultation. You will always be involved in the decision-making after receiving an explanation of the available options. Remember: Our top priority is to provide a service of excellence while making you feel comfortable. We take a modern dental approach to dental phobia, ensuring you feel calm in our relaxed environment and endure no pain throughout the treatment process.

For more information regarding this treatment

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Wimpole Street Dental Clinic
  • 55 Wimpole Street
  • Marylebone
  • London
  • W1G 8YL
  • T.020 3745 7455

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