Afraid Of The Dentist? Ask About Sedation
- January 4, 2016
Dental anxiety is all too real for millions of Americans, including many people in and around Plainville. Dr. Peltzer had those patients when he started Gentle Dental Care.
For many people just thinking about the dentist can make their blood pressure rise or cause them to feel jumpy or tense. It’s OK if you are one of those people. Everyone is afraid of something, and some people are afraid of the dentist.
To help patients like this, we offer sedation dentistry at our office. This includes nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation, for more complex cases.
Keep reading to find out how sedation dentistry can help you get the dental care you need and deserve.
Understanding Your Dental Fear
While there are no definitive statistics on dental fear, some studies have shown that as much as 75 percent of the U.S. population experiences some level of dental anxiety.
Many of those people are still able to come to the dentist, but for a smaller portion that fear is so powerful that they avoid the dentist completely. There are many reasons that you could have a fear of the dentist.
Understanding your fear may help you to face it. One tool that could help is the Corah Dental Anxiety Scale. You can find it by clicking here.
This is a two-page questionnaire. The first page includes questions about your feelings about the dentist, such as how you would feel if you had an appointment tomorrow and how you would feel at different points during a dental visit. This can help you find out if have moderate, high, or severe dental anxiety.
The second page asks about specific factors that may trigger your fear. This includes different pieces of equipment, different types of procedures, and more general questions about dentistry.
By filling out this form, you may gain a greater understanding of your own fears. When you call to make your appointment, talk to us about your fears. We want to understand how we can help you deal with them one small step at a time.
But I Already Brush And Floss
That’s wonderful. Your oral health should be a priority. Brushing and flossing should be part of your daily routine.
So should regular visits to the dentist. Why? We’re glad you asked.
During your visit, you will receive a professional cleaning and examination. No matter how well you brush and floss, you will probably still have some plaque build-up and maybe some tartar.
A dentist or hygienist can remove that plaque and tartar from the places you may have missed. We’ll also examine your whole mouth for any signs of problems.
For example, we will be checking for signs of gum disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 47.2 percent of adults over 30 years old in the United States have some form of gum disease.
This can be treated with routine care, but if you don’t know that you have it, then it can become a major problem. It can lead to bleeding, sore gums, loose teeth, and even tooth loss.
We know the signs of gum disease, even in the early stages. If you can reverse your gum disease before it gets too bad, you will save yourself from needing dental treatment down the road.
How Sedation Helps
When you were a kid, you probably fell asleep in the car from time to time. When you woke up, it may have seemed like you had been magically transported to another place.
You don’t remember any of the trip, but you still got where you needed to go.
Sedation dentistry can do the same for you during a visit to Gentle Dental Care.
Most patients undergo nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation. Both types of sedation are effective at helping you remain relaxed and comfortable throughout your care. The best part is you may not remember any of it, just like those car rides when you were a kid.
With nitrous oxide, you inhale the gas and within a few moments, you will begin to feel it. You’ll still be able to respond to the dentist or hygienist, but you won’t experience any anxiety because of the “laughing gas.”
When we’re done, we simply turn off the gas. Just as quickly as it took effect, the gas wears off as you breathe it out of your system. Then you are free to go on with your day.
Oral conscious sedation involves taking a pill before your appointment. You will need someone to drive you to and from our office because this is a more powerful and longer lasting form of sedation.
IV sedation is the highest level sedation available. We use this on patients who have severe anxiety or who need complicated procedures. Again, this is powerful, which means you will need someone else to take you home.
No matter which form of sedation your receive, they all have one thing in common. They allow you receive the dental treatment you need to keep your teeth as healthy as possible.
Our practice is called Gentle Dental Care for a simple reason: We care about our patients. If you live in or around Plainville, we encourage you to call our office at 860-479-2397 to ask any questions about sedation dentistry or any of our service.
When you are ready, call back or use our online form to make your appointment. We look forward to caring for you.