A lot of people feel nervous about visiting the dentist. Often this is down to a bad experience in the past, worrying about the pain, feeling embarrassed about their teeth or simply fear of the unknown.

At the Richmond Dental Suite, the whole team are dedicated to changing your dental experience for the better.

We will listen to any concerns and fears you may have and talk you through your choices. A treatment plan will be tailored to suit your needs and provide your treatment at a comfortable pace.

Our team has plenty of experience in treating nervous patients. We are non judgmental, considerate and understanding. Treating your anxieties is as important as treating your teeth, we want to give you something to smile about.

You may be understandably nervous particularly if you have not been for a while. Our team are very sensitive to the needs of all our patients to ensure that your treatment is painless and as comfortable as possible throughout. We have transformed many hundreds of patients who now find that visiting a dentist does not bother them one bit.

Conscious sedation options, as oral and intravenous sedation, can in some cases be considered for those who need it.

Is there anything that can help me with my fear of the dentist?
Yes. Some people are so frightened of the dentist that they will not go for dental treatment. They can overcome their fears with relaxation or sedation. Our team is sympathetic about these feelings, and you can ask our dentist about these ways to help.

What is Sedation?
Sedation Dentistry, sometimes called Relaxation Dentistry, refers to the way dentists manage Pain and Anxiety during dental appointments.

What is Oral Sedation:
Oral sedation is prescribed for relieving anxiety in the hours immediately before a dental appointment. Not only do these medications have a sedative effect they also have some degree of amnesic effect for most people. Patients remember little or nothing about their dental appointment.

Advantages to Dental Oral Sedation:

  • Easy to administer: Swallow a small pill or liquid
  • It is safe and easy to monitor
  • Works well for most people
  • Low Cost

What is Intravenous or IV Sedation?
In intravenous sedation or IV sedation, medications are administered through an injection to make people feel like they are asleep. The great advantage of IV sedation is that the effects are instantaneous. IV sedation is administered by an anaesthetist. IV sedation does not actually induce sleep; instead, you actually remain conscious and can follow instructions from your dentist. However, the feelings of relaxation will be intense enough for you not to remember much about what happened under treatment. The drugs used for IV sedation are more effective than the drugs taken orally.

The effects of sedative medicine take some time to wear off and your dentist will tell you how long the drugs will take to clear from your body. You won’t be able to drink alcohol, drive or work machinery during this time.