Renee gets anxious about dental care, which is part of the reason she prefers to visit us. She knows we are going to do what’s needed to help her stay relaxed and pain-free.
“No matter what I was feeling, they had something in the bag of tricks to take care of what I was needing to deal with,” Renee says in the video below.
Between our caring team, our sedation options, and our comfort amenities, she knows we can ease her dental anxiety.
You Are Not Alone
Dental anxiety or fear of the dentist is quite common. Even the most conservative estimates suggest that tens of millions of people in the United States have some degree of anxiety about the dentist.
We wish that wasn’t the case. Yet, we recognize that getting oral care can be difficult for many people.
The reasons for dental anxiety can vary from person to person. If you or someone you love has dentophobia, then it can be helpful to identify the cause of that fear. Some common concerns we here are things like:
- Certain pieces of equipment
- A particular procedure (e.g. root canal or oral surgery)
- Being judged
This is far from a complete list. It may help you determine the reason you are hesitant to make a dental appointment.
People can develop this fear from a previous experience, from depictions of dentists in movies and television shows, and from “horror” stories they have heard from other people.
When you tell us about your dental worries, we want to help. The more we know, the more we can make accommodations on your behalf.
Many people have concerns that a particular dental treatment will be painful. Our aim is to make your visits as painless as possible. In many cases, they are completely pain-free.
One way we can do that is with sedation dentistry. You may benefit from any of our three options:
- Laughing Gas – This form of sedation has been around in some shape or form for more than 150 years. It is as simple as breathing in the gas and letting it take effect. Most people find it is fast-acting and that it wears off quickly after your treatment. Laughing gas is known to block pain and to provide peace of mind.
- Oral Sedation – This is simply antianxiety medication. Like laughing gas, it will provide a calming effect and keep you from feeling pain. This is typically taken prior to your appointment to give it time to work. It also can last for hours. If you choose this option, please make arrangements for someone you trust to drive you to and from your appointment.
- IV Sedation – This is the strongest sedation we can provide. This is effective for patients who are undergoing extended procedures. This can be maintained as long as needed.
We are happy to answer any questions you may have about sedation. Let us help you find the right choice for you
Work With Us
Many people have started routine care with us through sedation dentistry. In time, they get to know us and our approach to patient care. This often leads to them getting routine preventive care without the need for sedation.