Dentistry Shouldn’t Be Scary!
Many people cringe at the thought of visiting the dentist. Then there are those who experience significant anxiety at the mere thought of a dental visit. If this sounds like you, you’re not alone.
It’s no secret that dental fear is one of the most common reasons adults put off visiting the dentist. In fact, anxiety causes many patients to go years without a checkup — or even a cleaning…
If going to the dentist causes you anxiety or stress, we’re here to help! Sedation makes it easy for patients with dental anxiety to get the treatment they need. Sedation can be used for everything from complex procedures to a simple tooth cleaning! When used along with a local anesthetic, it can provide a relaxed, pain-free experience. You will be amazed at how much dental work can be accomplished while you are calmly sedated.
There are a lot of people who are so phobic about going to the dentist that they would rather suffer with an agonizing toothache than step foot into a dental office. No one should suffer from tooth pain! Dr. Tan provides compassionate dental care to fearful patients every day, and we are pleased to offer our nervous patients the option of comfortable, safe, and effective sedation dentistry. If you need a cavity filled, a broken tooth repaired, or even if it’s been a while since you have been to the dentist and you’re worried about your first visit back, sedation dentistry can help you relax and comfortably ease you back into the dental chair. You will walk out of our office with a healthier smile all while having a comfortable, anxiety-free experience.
Many people avoid the dentist for years, even decades, because of a long-standing fear of dental treatment. Unfortunately, avoiding the dentist and failing to get regular preventative care puts you at risk for tooth decay, gum disease, infection, and tooth loss, which leads to being too embarrassed to seek treatment. The deterioration of your smile can be something that’s hard to admit to yourself, let alone show a dentist. Even if you have severe cavities, gum disease, broken teeth, or other major issues, there’s no need to be ashamed. We are a judgment-free dental office that will never lecture you about your dental health. Our only concern is giving you the help you need!
- Phobias caused by a bad previous dental experience
- When multiple procedures or extensive dental work is required
- Patients who have a strong gag reflex
- Patients who have a hard time sitting still for long periods of time
- Patients who have a low pain tolerance
- Fear of the unknown
- Fear of Pain
- Feelings of Loss of Control
Gentle Dental Care with Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry is also a great option for anyone who struggles with pronounced gag reflexes, which can make traditional dental examinations uncomfortable. Sedation dentistry also allows us to do more dental work during your visit — which saves you time and the inconvenience of scheduling multiple appointments and taking off of work.
Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide in a safe and effective form of sedation that is inhaled throughout your procedure while you breathe normally through a mask that is placed over your nose. This gentle, fast-acting sedative will have you feeling comfortable and relaxed within minutes, while still being able to communicate with the dentist. You may feel a bit light-headed and tingly. Many patients say that their arms and legs feel heavy. The effects only last as long as you are wearing the mask and dissipate almost instantly once removed. Nitrous oxide sedation wears off just as quickly as it sets in. That means you can go right back to your daily activities and even drive yourself home from your appointment. If you are a little nervous about your upcoming dental visit, nitrous oxide may be a good choice for you.
Conscious Oral Sedation
This type of sedation works well for patients who suffer from moderate to severe anxiety and involves taking medication by mouth in the form of a pill about an hour before your appointment. By the time you reach our office, you’ll already be relaxed for your scheduled dental treatment. Like nitrous oxide, you will be relaxed, but remain awake during your procedure. It’s a more potent form of sedation so you’ll likely feel sleepier than you would with nitrous oxide. Some patients even fall asleep during their procedure! The effects last longer, around 4 – 5 hours, so be sure to have someone to drive you to and from your appointment. For people who have a fear of dental procedures, conscious sedation is a fantastic option.
How do I get started?
Call us today, and our friendly, compassionate team will be happy to walk you through your options and put your mind at ease!