Fear Of The Dentist…Sedation Can Help
Have you been putting off a visit to the dentist because of fear? Call today to schedule your free dental consult and we can help you get back on track, thanks to sedation.
Fear of the dentist is a very real thing, one which can make you avoid going to the dentist. Yet, if you want to maintain good dental health (which can also lead to better overall health), trips to the dentist are a necessity.
Below are some pointers that can help with fear of the dentist.
Whatever your level of dental anxiety or fear, it’s important to have good communication with your dentist. We invite you to talk to us about your fears, your dental history, your medical history, and what you can and can’t tolerate. By getting everything out in the open, we’ll be better able to schedule and pace the treatments and procedures that you need.
As a dental team, we pride ourselves on gentle dentistry, which, we believe, is as much about communication and empathy as it is about proper techniques and sedation.
Depending on your level of fear, sedation could be the best answer to help you comfortably tolerate treatment.
In its mildest form, which is nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas), sedation can help relax you enough to take the edge off and tolerate treatments from simple cleanings to more complex procedures. We typically use laughing gas in conjunction with Novocain, not as a replacement for it.
The next level of sedation is oral sedation (also known as conscious sedation). With oral sedation, you take a pill before your dental appointment, which sedates you. You’ll be conscious during your treatment, but time will seem to pass quickly, and afterward, you’re likely to have little or no memory of what transpired.
The deepest level of sedation is IV sedation (also known as general anesthesia). With IV sedation (which is administered through an IV in your arm), you’ll be completely unconscious.
The beauty of sedation dentistry is that it can help you overcome your fear of the dentist enough to be able to receive the dental treatment you need.
For more information about how we can help you with your fear of the dentist, or to schedule an appointment, please call us:
Please note: Our dental offices are in Mesa, east of Phoenix. You’re near our dental office if you live or work in: Mesa, Phoenix, Gilbert, Chandler, Scottsdale, or Tempe.