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Nervous about seeing our dentist? We can help

Are you worried about attending a dental check-up?

At Bramingham Dental, our dentist in Luton can make special accommodations for our more phobic patients, to allow you to feel more at home in the dental chair.

Here, our dentist in Luton talks through all you need to know about dental phobias and how we can help you feel more comfortable when you come to see our team.

Why might someone be nervous about dental professionals?

In our experience, there are many reasons why patients are less than eager to see our dentist in Luton.

For starters, many patients have had a bad experience with dental professionals earlier in their life, which may have left them apprehensive about attending check-ups. Alternatively, some patients have had painful experiences while visiting dental surgeries which once again can leave a lasting mark on them.

However, when you come to see our team at Bramingham Dental, we will take the time to get to know you and will listen to your concerns. So, if you have a dental aversion, please feel free to mention it to our receptionist team when you book the appointment.


As mentioned earlier, our team will take time to get to know you when you come to our surgery.

If you have concerns, we can do our best to adapt the treatment to suit your needs, such as giving you earlier appointment slots or booking in longer appointments so you can take regular breaks if needed.

And of course, we can work on a signal system with you, so if you are ever feeling stressed in the chair, you can simply raise your hand and we will stop. After all, your comfort is our concern and we want to help you reduce any worries that you may have.

Inhalation sedation

Now, on to the options that we can offer if you need a bit more help with feeling calm.

If you don’t like needles, we can offer you inhalation sedation; this utilises a small mask that allows you to breathe in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen.

This will help you to feel calm and more relaxed, while also numbing you to any pain that you may experience during the procedure. You will remain awake and post-appointment, there should be no issues with you returning to work or going about your day. If you have had an adverse reaction to nitrous oxide before, then we will aim to provide a different technique to help you remain calm.

Intravenous sedation

Also known as IV sedation, this is administered into your arm via a needle and will help you to feel relaxed when you are in the dental chair.

Much like inhalation sedation, IV sedation blocks any discomfort you may feel while you are in the dental chair and once we have completed the treatment, you will have no memory of what transpired. We must advise that if you are going to undertake IV sedation that you have a member of your family or a friend to escort you home afterwards and you should refrain from operating heavy machinery for at least 24 hours.


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