• September 15, 2016

Do you dread going to the dentist? You’ve got lots of company. By some estimates, there are more than 140 million people in the United States with some level of dental anxiety.

Anxiety is one of those things that doesn’t respond well to reasoned argument. No one wants to be anxious – they just are. Most of the time, people with dental anxiety have trouble explaining what it is about the idea of seeing the dentist that makes them anxious.

Many people with dental anxiety avoid the dentist. That means they don’t get the care they need. The result is lost teeth, infected gums, dental pain, poor nutrition, and smiles that they’re embarrassed to show.

All of us at Brandon Family Dental think that’s a true shame, and we’re doing something about dental anxiety. We offer several levels of dental sedation to help you get the care you need and want while remaining relaxed and comfortable. All of our sedation options are safe and very effective.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous oxide is also called laughing gas. It can cause a sense of giddiness in some people, which can lead to laughter.

Nitrous oxide has been used for decades to help people with mild dental anxiety. You’ll inhale the gas through a mask placed over your nose. You’ll feel comfortable and relaxed almost immediately. Within limits, the flow of gas can be adjusted to your need.

Parents will be glad to hear that nitrous oxide can be used for children with dental anxiety. Your children will be, too.

The effects of nitrous oxide wear off very rapidly. You’ll be able to drive yourself home after the appointment.

You can receive nitrous oxide sedation at any time and during any procedure in our office, even during a routine cleaning and exam.

Oral Conscious Sedation

As the name implies, this type of sedation comes in the form of a pill or capsule that we administer while you’re in our office. Typically, you’ll receive the sedative up to an hour before your scheduled appointment.

Oral conscious sedation leaves you awake and aware, but enjoying a deeper level of comfort and relaxation nitrous oxide provides. And while you might not believe it right now, some people do doze off during their procedures!

This is the sedation level of choice for most people with moderate levels of dental anxiety.

The effects of oral conscious sedation linger after your appointment, so be sure to have someone available to drive you home afterward.

IV Sedation

This “deepest” level of sedation is appropriate for people who have severe dental anxiety or who are undergoing extensive dental work. The sedative is delivered intravenously into your bloodstream in our office. Our staff will closely monitor your condition during your entire procedure.

People who undergo IV sedation rarely, if ever, remember anything about their appointment. The vast majority of patients are unconscious during the entire procedure.

We Provide for Your Comfort

For some people, dental anxiety happens due to the setting. Certain noises or even a sense of being visible to others during the appointment can create a sense of unease.

Brandon Family Dental offers bright, sunlit private treatment rooms with gorgeous visible through the large windows. If you’d prefer to be distracted – or informed – during your appointment, take advantage of our TV glasses. And since some people become easily chilled, we offer blankets and pillows to ensure your comfort.

We Don’t Judge

All of our staff understands and sympathizes with people who experience dental anxiety. We’re there to help, not to judge. Our only goal is to help you have your best mouth, your best smile, and your best possible experience while you’re in our office. You’ll find every member of our staff to be warm, concerned, caring, and supportive.

You might be more comfortable having things happen at a slower pace while you’re in our office. If so, just let us know. We can schedule longer appointments. And, we’ll be happy to explain as much or as little about your treatment as you care to know.

Discover the Difference in Your Next Dental Appointment

Don’t let dental anxiety keep you or a family member from getting the dental care you need or want. Call our Ortonville, MI office today at 248-469-0218 to set up an appointment. We’ll be happy to arrange a day and time that work with your schedule.

At Brandon Family Dentistry, we’re committed to helping you and your family get the dental care you deserve. You’ll immediately see the difference when choose us for your dental needs.