What is the Dental Sedation Unit of the Pilar Clinic?
The Dental Sedation Unit of Grup Dr. Bladé is part of a center specialized in the treatment of patients who need or wish to perform the dental procedure under the effects of sedation. This type of patients do not want to feel or notice anything before or during the dental intervention.
Our Dental Sedation Unit is especially aimed at people (adults or children) who are afraid or panicky to the dentist. In addition to ensuring that you will not feel any pain, we also bet on helping the patient to overcome those fears or phobias that he feels.
We are aware that it is not a “physical” problem that has to do with the patient’s little resistance to pain. In these cases other factors, often uncontrollable, that have led him to suffer this type of episodes of panic in the face of dental treatments.
For all this, the Unit, which we now also open in the Clinic of the Pillar, is formed by a specialized medical team, involving specialists from various branches, which aim to ensure the success of oral treatment, in addition to ensuring the improvement of that “panic” that has led him to not want to go to the dentist, despite having tried several times.
What is the difference between fear and panic or phobia of the dentist?
In many occasions we tend to simplify the consequences of fear or panic to the dentist, relating it to dental phobia. The truth is that these are similar and complementary situations, but in no case are they the same.
Fear is a logical reaction to a situation that the person considers a danger to their life or their integrity.
Instead, dental phobia is an irrational fear of a stimulus, that the person lives as a life or death situation, and causes an episode of uncontrollable anxiety. This leads him to repeatedly cancel or postpone the visit to the dentist.
In many cases all this is a consequence of previous experiences, which have generated very negative stress situations. Obviously, this type of experience can generate a certain disposition in the patient when faced with dental treatments.
The origin of dental phobia can be explained in several ways, but most of the time it is in traumatic experiences that the patient has had in childhood or adolescence, and often involves a lack of understanding.
In addition, this situation causes disruption in social relationships and this will have implications for the health of the person suffering from dental phobia. They are patients who do not dare to smile and sometimes even to show their teeth, generating serious self-esteem problems.
The patient feels threatened and is not able to control himself when he must undergo oral treatments at the dental clinic. Often, just thinking about the situation to which you have to submit or feel the smells and sounds of these health centers makes you almost lose control completely or feel immense anxiety.
What techniques do we use in the USD?
Sedation, Virtual Reality and Psychological Therapy, Needleless Anesthesia
The comunication is the key. The patient must feel comfortable expressing their fears and concerns. It is important that you feel heard and that the team that is going to treat you to make an effort to understand your situation.
We give you a test to calculate the level of dental anxiety, which will help us when looking for the most appropriate solution in each case.
To fight the panic to the dentist is essential, in a first phase, perform the dental treatment under a system of conscious sedation. But, this will not be enough if what we want is to put an end to this dental phobia so unstoppable.
It is essential that the patient wants to face this situation, since otherwise it would be very difficult to get one day to return to the dentist in a more normal way. Despite this, it is understandable that at the beginning of this period going to the dentist normally will be very complicated.
Through conscious sedation we get the patient to have a positive experience (being a participant in the whole procedure). In this way it is possible to begin to recover that lack of control. This is the main reason why we do not want to subject the patient with dental phobia to a general anesthesia to carry out the dental treatment, since it would not mean any progress to overcome the panic, always remaining in the same situation.
During the whole process it is very important to carry out a complementary psychological therapy, in addition to the Virtual Reality program that we use. This program is a technique used to treat different anxiety disorders and phobias, such as the one related to fear of the dentist.
We can not forget that dental phobia is specific, such as the phobia of cats, flying or enclosed spaces, among others.
Anesthesia without needle
It is especially indicated for people suffering from needle phobia.
In our Dental Sedation Unit we use a Computerized Anesthesia System (STA), which does not require the use of needles or involves any type of pain. Through this system we can:
Anesthetize the patient with ease, safety and comfort, without noticing any pain.
We minimize the stress generated in the patient by the presence of needles.
We managed to reduce the anxiety picture very much.
We generate greater trust in the patient.
The lip remains intact, free of anesthesia. This minimizes the risk of bite injuries when the effects of anesthesia are still in the body.
Who can benefit from these treatments?
They are especially indicated in the following cases:
Adult patients suffering from dental phobia, panic or anxiety due to the need to carry out oral treatments.
Patients with little time availability and who want to concentrate the treatment in a single session.
Special situations: patients suffering from some type of systemic pathologies, traumatic injuries or specific syndromes. This is the case of those people who suffer from Parkinson’s, Down syndrome, Alzheimer’s, etc.
In children in whom it is practically impossible to perform conventional procedures, because of the fear of the dentist.
What specialists intervene and what is the medical team?
Joan Bladé: Medical Director. Postgraduate in dental sedation.
Pablo Gutiérrez: Oral Surgeon.
Natalia Barluenga: specialist in Dental Aesthetics.
Stevens: anesthesiologist, specialist in dental treatments.
David Martínez: pediatric anesthesiologist.
Carolina Francescoli: Psychologist.