Johnstone Dental Practice

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.
Dentists today are sympathetic about these feelings, and you can ask your
dentist about these ways to help.

What is sedation?

Your dentist may recommend an intravenous or 'IV' sedation. This is given
by injection, either in the back of your hand or in your arm. The dose will
depend on the amount of treatment needed and how long it will take to

How will IV sedation in the surgery affect me?

You become drowsy and unaware of any treatment, but you are still able to
co-operate with the dentist. The effects of a 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.

How do I know which technique is right for me?

Talk to your dentist. Most people can use relaxation techniques, but relative
analgesia and sedation may not be suitable for everyone. Your dentist will
tell you. You also need to tell your dentist about any medicines you may be
taking, whether or not your doctor prescribes them.

How much does it cost?

Some of the techniques may be carried out under the National Health Service,
but some dentists charge privately. Talk to your dentist, and discuss the
costs fully before you commit yourself to treatment. Always get a written
estimate before starting any treatment.

Are there any other techniques that may help before I get to the

Some people need something more to help them overcome their fears. The
dentist or doctor may give you a sedative medicine, either in tablet or liquid
form that you can take before your visit to relax you.


Johnstone Dental Practice
10 Walkinshaw Street

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Telephone: 01505 321030
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Opening Hours

Monday: 8.30am - 5.15pm
Tuesday: 8.45am - 5.15pm
Wednesday: 8.00am - 5.15pm
Thursday: 8.30am - 5.15pm
Friday: 8.30am - 5.00pm
Closed for lunch 1-2pm