I’m Scared of the Dentist
Are You Scared Of The Dentist?
Experiencing fear or anxiety at the idea of visiting the dentist is entirely normal. If you have been avoiding the dentist due to these kinds of feelings, you certainly are not alone. We successfully treat many patients who battle these feelings — and we can help you get the care you need, too. We offer dental sedation options to help you feel relaxed and at ease while in our care. In fact, we are the only general dental practice in the area who does this. Read on to learn more about these sedation options and how they can help you get the dental care you have been avoiding.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide sedation, also known as laughing gas, is our lowest level of sedation available. This gas is inhaled via a face mask. It creates a mild feeling of euphoria and helps you feel at ease during a procedure. If you are mildly anxious about getting dental work, this may be the option for you. It is safe for patients of all ages because it wears off quickly and is easily adjusted mid-procedure. Talk to our team to determine if this sedation option is right for you.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is a medication that is ingested before the appointment to create a sense of relaxation. The medication creates a higher level of sedation that allows you to be aware of what is happening during the procedure, but also extremely relaxed and even groggy. You may or may not remember much of the procedure once the medication wears off. When you use this type of sedation, you will need a friend or family member to drive you to and from the appointment. We use oral conscious sedation for patients who are extremely nervous or fearful or who are undergoing a long or complicated procedure.
Other Comfort Options
In addition to dental sedation, we offer a few other comfort options to help you feel more at home and not scared of the dentist. We offer:
- longer appointment times
- private operatories
- music or television entertainment during a procedure
- a warm, friendly staff and office environment
Regardless of your feelings about seeing the dentist, we will do our best to help you feel relaxed and at ease throughout your visit. We can help you get the dental care you need. Don’t wait — avoid larger or more long-term dental problems by allowing us to relieve your dental fears and offer you the treatment and preventive options you require.
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