Can My Dental Anxiety Be Overcome? | Plainville, CT
- February 1, 2017
Dental anxiety is real, and we take it seriously in our Plainville, CT dentist’s office. Unfortunately, such anxiety can cause you to avoid going to the dentist altogether, and that will not be good for you. That’s why Peltzer and the rest of our Gentle Dental team have invested heavily in the tools, training, and technology that will make it easier for you to come in and be treated.
Keep reading to hear all about what we can do for you, and then be sure to follow up and schedule your next appointment ASAP!
The Dentist Should Know Your Needs
Here’s the thing: it is always in your best interest to work through your fears and confront the reality of the situation in your mouth. When you don’t visit Gentle Dental Care every 3-6 months, you will be missing out on the professional-grade cleanings that can keep disease and decay at bay.
Plus, you won’t have a team of caregivers who are sufficiently in-tune with the situation in your mouth to be able to detect any emerging concerns. Untreated (or undiagnosed) cavities can escalate to the point where a root canal or extraction is required. This is the sort of thing that we want to help you avoid. As for gum disease, that can wreck your smile and your overall health if it is allowed to run wild.
To Dr. Peltzer you will never be just another name on a chart. Around here, we do our best to provide a comfortable and welcoming environment for EACH and EVERY patient. We have actually had patients that have called from the parking lot and said “I’m too afraid to come in, can you come out and examine me out in my car?” If you are haunted by bad experiences in past dental offices, we will do our best to meet you where you are and create good memories moving forward. We promise!
Sedation Dentistry Options In Plainville
We hope you will recognize immediately that we are a kind and compassionate bunch. But if you need a little bit more than that to make you feel at ease, we’ve got you covered. We can extend to you all the benefits of sedation dentistry to help you put your fears to rest. In some cases we will literally put you to sleep! Depending on the severity of your issues, we will set you up with sedation in one of three forms:
Nitrous Oxide: It’s A Gas!
If your dental anxiety is not too severe, you are lucky. In this range, you’re probably able to call our office and make an appointment when you’re expected to. However, once you’re getting ready to drive over here, your nerves might kick in, making it difficult to follow through. If this describes what you are dealing with, we can help you quickly relax with an inhalation sedation technique involving laughing gas. For this method, we will administer nitrous oxide to you via a small mask that rests over your nose. You will breathe normally throughout your procedure, and our team of oral health professionals can regulate the amount of sedation you receive.
Go Deeper: Oral Sedation
Nitrous oxide is enough for some folks, but if you suffer from mid-range dental anxiety, you are at a much greater risk of having problems and will need to kick up the sedation dentistry levels to get through your visit.
Left to your own devices, you will be inclined to just ignore the problems in your mouth and hope that it all goes away on its own. Moreover, you probably won’t go to the dentist unless something is causing you so much pain that there just is no other option left. Even so, we can help you relax sufficiently by supplying you with oral sedation.
The oral sedation method of sedation entails a prescription sedative that our team will arrange for you to ingest, usually about an hour before your actual appointment is scheduled to take place. Oral sedation is far more intense than nitrous oxide, and will put you at ease for the duration of your visit. You will definitely need to find a ride home!
The Twilight Zone: IV Sedation
If you have an intense aversion to the dentist, you are going to need a little more help feeling relaxed. In this range you might know that you require immediate dental care but you still can’t even think about making an appointment. This level is the most dangerous to your health.
If that is what you are up against, we can give you what is known as IV sedation (aka Twilight Sedation like in hospitals). This is a very direct and powerful method of sedation, and its effects will be felt almost immediately. With this method, a sedative is delivered directly into your bloodstream by way of an intravenous injection. This will no doubt make you feel very relaxed, and able to get through even our most intense procedures.
Dr. Peltzer has been awarded a State of Connecticut Intravenous (IV) Conscious Sedation permit, so you can trust that you will be in very good hands with us.
Let Dr. Peltzer Help You Relax!
Contact us today to schedule your sedation dentistry appointment in Plainville, CT! When you call the office at 860-479-2397 we will help you work through your fear and anxiety to be able get the dental care you deserve.