How You Can Relax At The Dentist OfficeTuesday, May 24th, 2016
You’ve heard about sedation dentistry, but you may be trying to decide if it’s right for you.
Think of dental sedation as a tool. It is one option that could help you handle the anxiety you experience when you think about going to the dentist.
For patients who have completely avoided the dentist for years, take a few moments to learn how we have helped other patients relieve their anxiety at our Danville, IL, dental practice.
At Advanced Smile Arts, we care about our patients’ oral health, and we’ve found one of the best ways to do that is to care for each patient as an individual.
A Comfortable, Comforting Environment
Most people understand that dentists want their patients to have healthy mouths, and we think most people understand that dentists do not want to hurt their patients.
Knowing that isn’t going to make your anxiety disappear, however. We also understand that the dentist office can be unsettling for many people. This is why we take a patient-centered approach to what we do.
Before we discuss our sedation dentistry, we want you to know about the other ways we try to help our patients feel at ease.
The first thing is offering longer appointments. For patients who may notice anxious feelings during their treatment, this can be an advantage. You can ask to take a break if you need one. You won’t feel rushed. You can receive your care at a pace that works for you.
The second thing is our private patient rooms. You may feel more relaxed knowing that your dental care and treatment will remain between you and your dentist or hygienist.
And the third thing is offering you a way to take your mind off your dental care. For some people, this means closing their eyes and listening to music. Other people prefer to watch television. Either way, you may be more comfortable during your visit if you have something else to occupy your mind.
We offer two kinds of dental sedation in our practice. They are nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. Both are safe and effective, and both can help patients manage their dental anxiety.
First and foremost, our sedation options have an analgesic effect, which means you won’t feel any pain during your procedure. Second, both have an amnesiac effect, which means you may not remember most or any of your treatment.
You will still be able to respond to requests, such as turning your head, but you will remain calm and relaxed.
Patients who have a sensitive gag reflex should know that dental sedation helps with that issue, too. This is good for you and for the person cleaning your teeth.
Now let’s discuss the difference between our sedation dentistry options.
Nitrous oxide is considered the milder form of dental sedation. It is a gas that you inhale. As you do this, you will feel yourself becoming more relaxed. You will continue breathing it throughout your cleaning or other procedure.
When you are finished, we simply turn off the gas, and you breathe out whatever remains in your system. As you exhale the remaining nitrous oxide, you will go back to feeling like yourself.
Oral conscious sedation is stronger. On the day of your appointment, you will take some medicine before your treatment begins. We will wait for the medication to take effect before we start.
You may feel the effects of this medicine for hours, so you will need a family member or friend with you to drive you home.
With either option, you can receive the dental care that you need without experiencing the tension that you might otherwise.
What Patients Are Saying
If you visit our patient testimonial page, you will find comments from people who have visited our office.
One patient said, “I no longer dread coming to the dentist. Dr. Fuesting is friendly and makes for a calm, comfortable chairside manner.”
Another patient said, “Great place for people with anxiety … Dr. Mike and staff do a great job explaining what they are doing and make you feel comfortable and relaxed.”
You can read more comments if you’d like, but we want to convey that you aren’t just another patient at our office. You are a person, and our entire staff will do what we can to help you feel comfortable during your visit.
Find Out For Yourself
We encourage you to call or visit our office before you make an appointment. This may help you better understand our approach to dental care. Again, our office is located in Danville, IL.
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