For many people, just the thought of a trip to the dental office produces deep anxiety and dread. Studies show that up to 70% of people experience palpable anxiety when faced with a dental appointment. Patients fear pain or the unknown or have had bad experiences in the past. This anxiety is such a powerful deterrent to seeking dental care that up to 30% of patients delay dental visits until they are faced with an emergency situation—and when dental problems may become more complex and extensive. Routine dental care is the key to preventing more serious dental and overall health problems. So what is the answer for our anxious and stressed-out patients?
The Answer Is Sedation Dentistry
Our team understands the special needs of fearful and anxious patients and offers sedation dentistry, which may be the answer for those people who need anxiety support or who have special needs in order to receive treatment. For example, some people have a hard time getting numb, have overactive gag reflexes or find that keeping their mouths open for an extended period of time is very difficult. To help patients deal with stress and anxiety, our goal is that you be entirely comfortable during any type of dental visit. Sedation dentistry may include the use of inhalational, oral or intravenous sedation modalities or a combination to achieve optimum comfort for you.
How Sedation Dentistry Works
You will experience a deep state of relaxation, and when the appointment is completed, you will have little to no memory of the experience. You will be unaware of sights, smells or sounds that may have contributed to your fear in the past. We utilize the most up-to-date monitoring equipment and our team is trained in CPR and basic life support. Nothing is left to chance because your comfort, safety and satisfaction are our top priorities. This means you are in kind, gentle and expert hands when you choose sedation dentistry. When you are fully awake, you will feel comfortable, relaxed and free from stress. A friend or relative will drive you home after the appointment where a soothing nap may be in order. You will remember little about your sedation dentistry experience—but you will notice a difference in your smile!