Do you fear the dentist? You’re not alone. According to the Dental Fears Research Clinic at the University of Washington in Seattle 5 to 8% of Americans avoid the dentist out of fear, and nearly 20% of people only visit the dentist when it’s absolutely necessary, due to dental anxiety. If you experience fear of the dentist, or have dental anxiety, sedation dentistry can help you by:
- Overcoming your fear and anxiety of the dentist. If you have a fear of the dentist, or a dental phobia, sedation dentistry can help you to maintain a healthy smile, while reducing your fear. Through sedation dentistry, you’ll be able to visit the dentist anxiety-free. There are several sedation options to ensure that you will not experience any pain during your dental treatment. Each option is based on your level of anxiety, which will be discussed in your consultation. A consultation is recommended to determine how your dental treatment will be handled. Also, sometimes a sedative can be prescribed the night before your dental treatment so that you may come to your appointment relaxed.
- Eliminating pain. Sedation options for your dental treatment include: nitrous oxide, anxiolysis, IV conscious sedation, and IV sedation. Each option is customized for your level of anxiety and offers safe and effective results. Whether you experience mild to medium or deep dental anxiety, there is a treatment plan for you to help you relax and become more comfortable during your dental visit. In addition, the level of sedation is adjustable during your treatment to make sure you experience absolutely no pain.
- Saving time and money. With sedation dentistry, longer procedures can be done in fewer appointments. When you are more relaxed, the dentist is able to perform the procedure more quickly. Instead of setting up several appointments, you can come in once and save your time. Also, with fewer appointments you’ll be able to save money!
At Central Park Dentistry, we understand that not everyone is comfortable visiting the dentist. For this reason, we offer sedation dentistry to provide you with a relaxing and anxiety-free experience during your dental treatment. This helps our patients, who experience dental phobia and anxiety; receive the dental care they need more comfortably. To learn more, visit our page on Sedation Dentistry!