• December 15, 2015

Did you know that 1 in 5 people experience dental anxiety? And did you know that 1 in 20 people avoid going to the dentist completely because of their dental fear?

We could tell you how avoiding the dentist increases your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and dental emergencies. We could explain that skipping routine dental care means you are more likely to lose your teeth or to need oral surgery.

We also know that probably isn’t going to help you overcome your anxiety. We don’t want to scare you into coming to the dentist. We want you to start to see our team at Brandon Family Dental as friends who want nothing more than to help you stay healthy.

If you live in or near Ortonville and you have been hesitant to visit the dentist, please keep reading to learn about some things we do, including dental sedation, that can make your visits a little easier.

Easing into dental care

There are a lot of reasons you may be anxious about coming the dentist.

You may be afraid of needles. You may be afraid by the strange tools used by the dentist or hygienist to clean your teeth. You may be worried that the dentist will be upset if you haven’t cared for your teeth properly, or you may be afraid of gagging during your procedure.

We want you to know that we understand, and it is OK.

Telling you to “face your fears” isn’t going to get you to call our office to make an appointment, walk through the door, and sit in our chair.

But we can help you ease you into the process a little at a time.

We start by offering a number of comfort options for all our patients.

We have private rooms, so you won’t have to worry about anyone else seeing you or hearing you during your procedure. Each patient has the option of a pillow and a blanket to feel more cozy when he or she sits down in one of our chairs.

If you want to take you mind off what may be happening, we have movie glasses so you can watch TV while a hygienist cleans your teeth. You also may appreciate the large windows that keep our rooms bright and cheerful.

And we won’t rush you. We can schedule longer appointments so we can approach your treatment one step at a time. We are always willing to take a break if that will help you.

What is sedation dentistry?

The comfort options we mentioned above will help many patients, but we know some of you will need more help to relax.

That is why we offer three types of sedation dentistry as well. These are safe, effective methods that will help you feel comfortable in spite of your anxiety.

During dental sedation, you will receive medication that will induce a state of relaxation.

The mildest form of sedation dentistry we offer is nitrous oxide. This may be the most common type of sedation used by dentists.

Nitrous oxide, a.k.a. laughing gas, is breathed in through a mask that covers your nose. Within minutes of inhaling the gas, you will begin to feel the effects. Nitrous oxide puts you in a euphoric state. This will make it easier for you to accept treatment.

When your procedure is over, we will turn off the gas, and within minutes you will be back to your normal self. You can go on with your day knowing that you have received the dental care that you need.

For patients with more severe dental fear, we have a stronger form of dental sedation. Oral conscious sedation involves taking a pill prior to your treatment.

The medication will put you into a state of relaxed consciousness. You may feel groggy, or you may fall asleep. In either case, there is a good chance that you will not recall any of your procedure.

You should be aware that the effects of oral conscious sedation will last for hours after your dental treatment is finished. Because of this, you will be required to have a family member or friend take you home after your procedure.

Should you need a more complicated dental procedure, we also offer IV sedation. With this kind of sedation, you will sleep through your treatment.

As with oral conscious sedation, the effects will last for a while after you leave. You also will need someone to take you home when you are finished. If you undergo IV sedation, we also recommend that you plan to rest when you get home.

We welcome your questions

When you come to our dentist office in Ortonville, we want you to come on your own terms. A good first step may be coming to our office and meeting our staff. Getting to know us may help you feel more comfortable scheduling an appointment at a later date.

Feel free to ask questions about our services, our comfort options, and our dental sedation. The team at Brandon Family Dental wants to help you slowly feel better about your dental care.

When you are ready, you can make an appointment by filling out our online form or by calling our office at 248-469-0218.

We can help you one step at a time.