Keppel Advanced Dentistry
I came in for root canal and was absolutely terrified after hearing all the bad stories. But I felt absolutely nothing, nothing at all, no pain no discomfort. Tom Keppel has put my fear of dentists to rest (40 years worth of fear!!!) Thank you Tom.
If you are nervous about seeing a dentist, sedation could be for you
If you have a fear of dentists, conscious sedation could be the solution. Most patient’s fear of the dentist stems from a bad experience when they were young, and this persists into adulthood, preventing them from ever achieving dental health.
Here at Keppel Dentistry we believe every patient has the right to have a healthy smile. We can offer sedation for the simplest procedures such as a check-up or clean, as well as more complex dental treatments such as dental implants.
Conscious sedation is a technique whereby sedative drugs are used to reduce anxiety, and put patients into a dream-like state so that smooth treatment is facilitated in a calm environment. The drugs used are amnesic, so patients may not remember much about their treatment, and they do not feel the stress and anxiety that they have experienced on past visits to dentists.
Brilliant. All the staff help and discuss any fears one might have. New and old staff are some of the nicest people you could ever hope to come across in a dental practice. Every bit of dental work I’ve received from Carl, Tom and Henry is amazing actually life changing. Highly recommended.
Having been an extremely nervous patient I no longer dread going to the dentist (or hygienist). From the minute you arrive and are met by Donna’s friendly welcome you are instantly put at ease. Tom just works miracles and I cannot believe the difference in the procedures and equipment used.
I am not an easy patient but Tom and Alex helped me feel very comfortable through two hours of treatment. I got to watch a comedy on the DVD player above my chair so I was happily distracted during my treatment. The treatments and the crown are comfortable and six months on it feels fantastic.
More about Conscious Sedation
The dentist will be able to communicate with you at all times throughout the procedure and your cooperation is required to carry out the work. This is how the term conscious sedation gets its name and verbal communication is a very good safety endpoint. We hope that with time, patients’ fears will lessen and less sedation will be required on subsequent visits. We may even reach a stage where the phobia is cured. Sedation can also reduce the amount of time that the dentist needs for the treatment.
Our in-house Consultant Anaesthetist will administer the anaesthetic and monitor you throughout your procedure. An intravenous cannula is inserted into a vein in your hand and the sedative medication is given directly into the blood. The effects occur within a few minutes. Heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels are monitored throughout. After the procedure you will be moved to a recovery area where you can wake up fully in your own time.