AN IMPENDING trip to the dentist is a cause of dread for many – but a Chester practice is on a mission to put patients’ minds at rest.
Bank House Dental Practice, on White Friars, is offering a sedative drug to make receiving treatment easier for nervous patients, dental phobics or for those undergoing one-off procedures such as difficult extractions.
Midazolam is injected into the back of the hand before treatment and creates a state of relaxation and drowsiness. The drug produces a loss of memory during the treatment, although the patient remains awake.
Dental surgeon Anne Budenberg said: “The hurdle of having dental treatment can be overcome quite quickly using sedation.
“Locally there are few facilities for nervous adult dental patients. Most facilities offer extractions only under sedation.
“This is not the only answer in 2011, when modern dentistry can offer so much more than simply extractions.”
Patients wishing to be sedated must first have a normal dental assessment and should not drive until the following day.
Sedation services are also available from some dentists on the NHS.
For more information about sedation, or to enquire about prices, contact Anne Budenberg on 01244 326632 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.