Nervous Patients

One in four people are anxious about visiting the dentist, so dental phobia is not uncommon and there can be a number of reasons for this such as painful
experiences in the past, dentists not listening to concerns, guilt about not attending for long periods of time or being conscious about the current condition of your teeth and gums.


One visit to Hove Dental Clinic and we promise you won’t look back.
Signs of nervous patients with a dental phobia include:

• You feel tense or have trouble sleeping the night before appointment
• You get increasingly nervous while you’re in the waiting room
• You feel like crying and feel hapless when you think of going to the dentist
• Even the mere thought of a dental appointment can make you feel physically ill.
• You panic during treatment appointments and feel you are not in control
• You are unable to communicate your feelings due to by fear.
• You have a severe gag reflex


Nervous Patient

Safe dental sedation in Hove

Hove Dental Clinic provides safe dental sedation in Hove to put anxious patients at ease during treatment. Our friendly, caring team understands that dental treatment can be a stressful, nerve-wracking time for some patients. We’ll therefore do everything we can to make you feel welcomed, comfortable, and confident in your treatment with the help of intravenous (IV) sedation or oral sedation.

On your first appointment you will be met and treated in a friendly, calm and warm manner. You don’t even have to go into a dental surgery if you don’t want to. You will never be judged by us or have to feel ashamed of any phobias you may have. Initially we can meet in one of our consulting rooms to get to know one another. In subsequent appointments we will take one step at a time together at your pace. We offer various relaxation aids to aid make your treatment more comfortable.


Are you fearful of the dentist?

If yes, then we can help using a variety of methods such as relaxation techniques, slowly introducing you to the practice, dentist and treatments. We also provide sedation for our clients too. We are very sympathetic to your needs and fears.

Nervous Patient

How does it work?

We provide oral sedation and intravenous (IV) sedation to help calm the nerves of our nervous patients. Oral sedation involves taking a tablet of medicine 1 hour before any dental treatment and IV sedation involves receiving an injection in the back of your hand. Both methods help to relax nervous patients and also help them not remember any part of the treatment. All our dentists are fully trained and we also have a specialist anaesthetist to help with the most complex cases.

IV sedation is administered in the arm or back of the hand by injection at our dental clinic in Hove. Your required dose will vary depending on the dental treatment being performed. Longer treatments naturally require stronger doses.

Your injection will make you feel drowsy. It’ll completely relax your jaw, tongue and facial muscles—you won’t even be aware of your treatment being performed. This allows your skilled dentist to work confidently without interruption, and provide you with high-quality treatment.

Your dentist will inform you of how long the sedation will take to wear off before your treatment begins. You won’t be able to drive, work machinery, or drink alcohol after your treatment. It’s best to have a friend or relative accompany you home from our dental surgery in Hove. Many patients find they don’t remember much of their appointment the following day.

I don’t like injections. Is there an alternative?

We also offer ‘relative analgesia’: a mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen that’s inhaled. This sedative will help you relax. You’ll be conscious during your treatment, yet feel comfortably drowsy.
Relative analgesia is a safe option without any side effects. You’ll be able to drive about fifteen to twenty minutes after your appointment at our dental practice in Hove.

Which method is right for me?

One of our experienced dentists can determine your suitability for dental sedation, as well as discuss the best method for you. Just be sure to let us know about any medication you’re currently taking.

How much does it cost?

We will discuss the cost of your treatment and sedation with you at your initial consultation. BOOK A CONSULTATION

Call 01273 900933 to book your appointment

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Monday: 08:30 – 18:00
Tuesday: 08:30 – 18:00
Wednesday: 08:30 – 18:00

Thursday: 08:30 – 18:00
Friday: 08:30 – 18:00

Saturday: By Appointment
Sunday: Closed


Hove Dental Clinic
39a Salisbury Road

01273 900933