Not everyone has good memories of their time in the dentist’s chair; in fact, some people have such anxiety associated with the dentist — whether from bad experiences in the past, or despite good ones — they put off necessary treatment simply because they don’t want to experience that high level of discomfort they just know will accompany the visit.
When it comes to anxiety at the dentist Tequesta patients have the option to look into what’s known as “sedation dentistry” — a comfortable, anxiety-free way to visit the dentist and take care of not only existing dental problems but prevent new ones from cropping up. There are several options with sedation dentistry, ranging from simple nitrous oxide (laughing gas), which we’ve found can help drop levels of anxiety significantly, to what’s called “conscious” oral sedation, which is essentially a relaxing medication to help you ease through the dental procedures, to a full specialist-administered IV sedation.
The beauty of sedation dentistry is that it allows people who suffer from fear and anxiety related to a dental visit to enjoy the same benefits everyone else gets from their time in the chair — healthy teeth and an improved smile, whether from restorative dentistry or preventative care. It also helps anyone who suffers from panic attacks, PTSD, or who has a common fear of needles and shots — or anyone for whom a severe gag reflex has made dental work difficult or impossible in the past.
When you’re ready to find out how sedation dentistry practices can help you address dental procedures you’ve put off for too long out of fear or anxiety — and to learn why we’ve become the provider of general dentistry Tequesta recommends most — please call us today to schedule an initial appointment.