Anxious Patients

Relieve Your Anxiety - Get the Treatment You Need

It’s incredibly normal for patients to feel anxious about going to the dentist. Lying back on a dentist’s chair is enough to make most people feel vulnerable. If you’re worried about being uncomfortable or worst still, in pain, then you’re not alone. Lots of people have a fear of the dentist, and for some it’s so bad that it prevents them from seeking the treatment they need.

The good news is that you shouldn’t have to live with damaged teeth and gums due to anxiety. At Ambience Dental, our priority is ensuring you are as comfortable as possible whenever you visit us. Whether you need a routine appointment or a complex procedure, we have the people, technology and facilities to put you at ease from the moment you step through the door.

Simple Ways to Reduce Anxiety

The best way for us to be able to help you with your anxiety is if you tell us about it. Once we understand what makes you feel uncomfortable, we will be able to adapt the treatment to ease your concerns. There are several things we can do that might help:

1. Get to know you

That’s right, if you’re worried about coming to the dentist, don’t make your first visit for a complex procedure. Book an appointment for a chat first, you can get to know the clinic, we can get to know you, and we can discuss what makes you nervous.

2. Explain the procedure

It might help you if we explain the procedure to you and all the tools we’ll use before we get started. We can also make sure we tell you what we’re doing at every step of the way too, so you’re never unsure what’s going on.

3. Listen to you

Even during your procedure, we’ll make sure we’re listening. We can establish hand signals so that you can let us know if you need a break. By feeling able to communicate throughout, you’ll feel more in control of the procedure.

4. Distract you

Not every patient wants to hear a blow by blow account of what is happening. If you prefer to be distracted, we can put a television near the chair for you to watch or tune in to your favourite music.

How Anaesthesia
Can Alleviate Anxiety

There really is no need to feel uncomfortable in the dentist’s chair or to feel pain during dental procedures. At our practice, we offer various types of anaesthesia that can help alleviate the stress and anxiety of a trip to the dentist:

IV Sedation

Also known as sleep dentistry, the anaesthesia puts you in a dream-like state during your treatment. You will still be conscious, but you’ll have very little or no recollection of your dental procedure.

General Anaesthetic

If you’d prefer to be completely sedated, we’re able to perform your treatment at the Wollongong Day Surgery, Wollongong private hospital, or Shell-Harbour private hospital.

Laughing Gas

Even if you’re having a smaller procedure, if you are feeling anxious you will be relieved to know that we use laughing gas, piped into all our dental surgeries.

Why Choose IV Sedation?

When it comes to putting you at ease, the type of anaesthesia we use really is your choice. That said, there are a few benefits to using IV sedation over general anaesthetic:

Have Your Treatment At Our Practice

With IV sedation, you can stay at our practice, in an environment that you know, rather than having to go to hospital.

Save Money

If you choose to have a general anaesthetic in hospital, your treatment cost will include a proportion of their extensive resources and facilities.

Recover After

It takes longer to recover from general anaesthetic, meaning you’ll be in hospital for longer to recuperate. IV sedation, on the other hand, has a relatively quick recovery period so you can be back home as soon as possible.

IV sedation can be used for anyone with anxiety but is also an option if you have a low pain threshold, extreme sensitivity or struggle with sitting still during dental treatment.

Our IV Sedation Dentistry Facility

At Ambience Dental, we’re committed to putting our patients at ease, which is why we have an entire wing dedicated to sedation dentistry. When you come into our modern dental practice, you’ll be shown through to the procedure room in our sedation facility. Our specialist anaesthetist will be present throughout the treatment to ensure your comfort and safety is a top priority. While the anaesthetist and your dentist focus on the job at hand, you’ll drift off into deep relaxation. Then, after your treatment, you’ll have time and space to recover in our sedation recovery room, and chances are you won’t remember a thing.

Why Choose Ambience Dental

We’re committed to your comfort and safety at all times. While dentists can take short courses in IV sedation, many aren’t fully qualified. With our experienced anaesthetist on hand in our dedicated facility, you can feel free to relax. We’ve carried out hundreds of procedures using IV sedation, and yours will be no different. 

If you want to make anxiety a thing of the past, call us today on  (02) 4283 3357 to find out more about IV sedation.