Eliminating Fear With Sedation Dentistry
It’s estimated that almost 23% of Americans neglect regular oral care because of dental anxiety. The main concerns range from the feeling of pain, to the sight of instruments, or previous negative experiences, and even the sterilized smell of a dental office can trigger unwelcome stress. Yet, the biggest issue with dental anxiety is that, if left untreated, it unnecessarily affects oral health, which in turn can lead to dental treatments that require spending a lot more time in the dentist’s office.
Fortunately, there are many safe and secure techniques that eliminate panic, like sedation dentistry
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Depending on the extent of patient anxiety or phobia, various grades of sedation can be used. This can range from anti-anxiety drugs and tranquilizers, to the use of nitrous oxide, more commonly referred to as laughing gas.
Sedation quickly produces a state of relaxation that significantly reduces feelings of discomfort and pain. About 60% of general dental care and 90% of pediatric dentistry are performed with sedation.
At Premier Dentistry it can be is as easy as swallowing a pill. A pill that you can swallow an hour before your visit. By the time you get to your appointment, you’ll be feeling relaxed and gradually move to a deeper state of sedation. You’ll still have the ability to respond to any questions when asked, but will not be aware of the treatment. You will be monitored all during the procedure and after it is finished, a friend will drive you home. After about an hour, you will be back to normal.
Of course, there are additional methods that compliment sedation dentistry;
5 Ways to Reduce Anxiety Levels
If you’re nervous about your next visit with us, here are some additional tips to control your anxiety:
1. Share your fears. Convey your feelings to our staff. If you express your concerns, Our dentists will tailor the treatment to your needs.
2. If you’re bothered by typical sounds in a dental office, bring a portable audio and headphones for listening to music. A patent’s favorite tunes typically put patients at ease.
3. Eat foods with high protein content and avoid caffeine or sweets. Protein has a relaxing effect while caffeine and sugar are both stimulants that exacerbate feelings of anxiety.
4. Bring sunglasses to alleviate bright lights. According to neurologist, the brain responds to light and colors, while lighting is central to dental work, it often can be fear-provoking in patients experiencing anxiety.
5. Lastly, prepare yourself mentally for your visit. Often, courage will never come into play until you face your fear.
Even in the most stressful situations, you can count on the doctors at Premier Dentistry to help you to dramatically reduce your anxiety level.
(At this time however we are only treating patients with dental sedation in our Jupiter office)