- April 2, 2017
Spiders, snakes, heights, and …. dentists?
These are all common fears in the United States. We can’t speak for the first three, but we are well aware that many people struggle with dental anxiety.
The reason we know this is because so many patients are able to get the care they need at our dentist office in Ortonville, MI, in spite of their anxiety or fear.
Through comfort options, dental sedation, and our friendly, compassionate staff, we have been able to help many patients manage and even overcome that anxiety.
If you give us a chance, we think you’ll understand why so many patients visit Brandon Family Dental.
Why You May Be Fearful
If you have dental anxiety, it’s important to know that you are not alone. Experts estimate that between 9 and 20 percent of the population avoid the dentist for this reason.
One thing that can help is to identify the reason for your dental anxiety. Grab a piece of paper, and makes some notes based on your answers to the following questions.
▸ Are you worried that dental care will be painful?
▸ Are you worried that the dentist will be critical of the condition of your teeth?
▸ Are you worried that the dentist may use “the drill”?
▸ Are you afraid of needles (which could be used to deliver anesthetic)?
▸ Have you had a bad experience previously at another dentist office? If so, can you describe what happened?
When you contact our office, let us know about your anxiety and what may be contributing to those feelings. Knowing this, we can work with you to find a way to make dental care easier to handle.
Before we discuss dental sedation, we want to start by talking about our comfort options.
For many patients with mild dental anxiety, our comfort options are just what they need to get through a dental cleaning or other procedure.
A Brandon Family Dental, we have private rooms, which means you won’t have to worry about other people seeing or hearing you during your visit with us.
Many patients also take comfort in the views from our large windows. And if you want to feel cozy in the chair, just ask for a blanket, a pillow, or both. We’ll be happy to provide them for you.
And many patients are OK having their teeth cleaned as long as they have something to distract their attention. Our movie glasses offer you a convenient way to watch television while one of our dental professionals keeps your mouth as healthy as it can be.
Three Levels Of Sedation Dentistry
For patients who need a little more help managing their anxiety, we offer three kinds of dental sedation. Nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation are all safe and effective ways to keep you calm and pain-free.
Nitrous oxide is an excellent option for patients with mild anxiety. You may know this better as “laughing gas.” Believe it or not, nitrous oxide has been used in dental care for more than 150 years.
By inhaling the gas, you will feel happy, and you won’t feel any pain. It takes effect quickly, and it wears off quickly, too. When we are finished, all we have to do is turn off the gas and let you breathe normally. Within minutes, you will back to feeling like yourself.
For patients with moderate anxiety, oral conscious sedation may be a better option. If you choose this, however, you must arrange for someone else to bring you to and from our dentist office in Ortonville, MI.
This is as easy as taking a pill before your appointment. You will be feeling relaxed and calm by the time you sit in one of our dentist chairs. You may not remember your treatment, but you will get the benefits just the same.
You also should plan to rest for a little bit after you get home until the effects of the medication wear off.
IV sedation is the highest level of sedation we offer. We use this primary for patients who are undergoing more complex procedures, although it also can help patients with severe dental anxiety.
Like nitrous oxide, this takes effect quickly. At the same time, those effects can last for a while after your treatment is over. So, you must arrange for a family member or friend to take you home, and you will want to rest afterward.
Talk To Us
As we mentioned earlier, we welcome you to contact us with any questions you may have about comfort and sedation options at Brandon Family Dental. Call 248-469-0218 or contact us online to learn more.