• November 15, 2017

Fear of the dentist is common in the United States.

We wish that wasn’t the case. Our team at Brandon Family Dental is friendly and caring. But we know that dental anxiety can have many causes, so we don’t take it personally.

In fact, we do everything that we can to help. It’s why we offer comfort options and three levels of sedation dentistry.

If you know someone who has put off preventive care or necessary treatment, please contact our dentist office in Ortonville, MI. You can call (248) 469-0218 to learn how patient comfort is an essential part of our dental care.

 

Getting Comfortable At the Dentist Office

For patients with dental anxiety, the thought of going to the dentist can raise their blood pressure.

You may have memories of a cold, sterile dentist office. That’s not what you will find at Brandon Family Dental. Our team wants you to feel relaxed. And our office is set up to be a relaxing place.

We provide complimentary beverages for our guests along with scenic views of the nearby natural habitat.

We also want you to feel cozy throughout your cleanings, exams, and treatments. We are happy to give you a blanket, pillow, or both. Comfortable patients tend to feel less anxious as well.

Likewise, many patients would rather think about anything other than the dental care that they are receiving. Our in-room televisions are a perfect distraction. You can focus on one of your favorite shows, while our professionals clean up your smile.

In our experience, many patients appreciate the extra effort that we make to help them feel cozy, comfortable, and calm.

Yet, this may not be enough for patients with moderate to severe dental anxiety. Fortunately, our sedation option can provide the peace of mind that you need to relax.

 

The Benefits Of Sedation Dentistry

We want our patients to have the healthiest mouths possible, but we can only help if they visit us.

If the comfort options mentioned above won’t help you sit through an appointment, then sedation dentistry may be just what you need. The benefits of sedation include:

▷ Not feeling any pain

▷ Not gagging

▷ Not remembering much if anything about your treatment

▷ Staying calm and relaxed

▷ Getting the dental care that you need

If you can’t remember how long it’s been since your last dental cleaning, then visit us before you make an appointment. We want to give you a chance to see what our office is like and to answer any questions you have about our sedation options.

 

Dental Sedation Options

Which kind of sedation dentistry is right for you? It varies from one patient to the next. This is why we offer three kinds of sedation at our practice.

Nitrous Oxide

This is also known to many people as “laughing gas.” Nitrous oxide often creates a state of happiness (thus its nickname). And it acts as an analgesic, blocking people from feeling pain.

It has been used in dentistry since the 1840s, although our understanding of how to use and control this gas has improved quite a bit since then.

Using nitrous oxide is literally as easy as breathing, since that’s how you receive it. You will keep breathing it until your treatment is over. When we are finished, most patients feel like themselves again in a matter of minutes.

Oral Sedation

If you’ve ever taken medicine, then you can take oral sedation. This is a single dose of medication that will keep you relaxed and calm.

The effects of this form of sedation can last for hour, so you must plan for someone else to drive you to and from your appointment.

IV Sedation

This is the strongest form of sedation that we provide. It is fast acting and controllable, like nitrous oxide. It also has long-lasting effects like oral sedation. Generally, this is used for patients who are undergoing complex procedures or who have severe dental anxiety.

Again, you will need someone else to take you home if you receive this sedation option.

 

Find Out How We Can Help

At Brandon Family Dental, your oral health and your comfort are both priorities for our team. To learn more about us or about our sedation options, call (248) 469-0218.