You Can Feel Comfortable At The Dentist
“What are you afraid of?”
If you have odontophobia (fear of the dentist), this is something you may have heard from someone who does not share your anxiety. You may have even heard it from a dentist.
People who don’t share your fear may have a hard time understanding it. The staff at Parkway Dental, however, knows that this is a real issue for many patients, and that is why we go out of our way to help all our patients feel comfortable.
Sometimes that takes more than a friendly smile and a welcoming atmosphere. Some patients prefer sedation dentistry, which is a safe and effective way to help you feel more relaxed.
The team at our dentist office treats patients almost every day who have some level of dental anxiety. If you live in Snellville or Lawrenceville, GA, or anywhere in between, we want to help you relax so you can get the dental care that you need.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
You could say that dental sedation goes back around 170 years. In general, it involves taking a sedative to help you relax throughout your dental care.
People first learn about nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, in the 1770s. While it was used for other purposes back then, it came into use in dental care due to the efforts of some pioneering dentists some of whom used the gas on themselves was self-administering dental care. (We do not recommend this.)
Thanks to their efforts, however, we learned that nitrous oxide induces a euphoric feeling and has an analgesic effect on the person who breaths in this gas. Within a matter of minutes, you will feel calm and comfortable although you may or may not remember any of your treatment.
We still use nitrous oxide today. In fact, we make it available for free to any patient who wants to receive if during their treatment.
One of the advantages of nitrous oxide is that it is fast-acting and it wears off just as quickly. As long as you continue breathing the gas, you will remain in a state of calm relaxation. You won’t feel anything during your cleaning or other procedure.
At the end, all we have to do is turn off the gas. You will keep breathing normally until all the gas has been exhaled from your system.
Then, you can go about the rest of your day knowing that you received the dental care that you needed.
Some patients prefer a stronger option, however. For them, we can offer oral conscious sedation. This is a fancy way of saying that you will take anti-anxiety medication before your appointment.
With this form of sedation, you may feel drowsy or you may fall asleep. In either case, you will be so relaxed and comfortable that you won’t feel any pain during your treatment.
Oral conscious sedation is longer lasting than nitrous oxide. If you select oral sedation, then you must make arrangements for someone else to bring you to your appointment and to drive you home afterward. The effects will last for a few hours, so you will want to rest when you get home, too.
Other Ways Of Relieving Anxiety
Not all patients want dental sedation, and that it perfectly fine, too. This is why we offer other comfort options to help you relax when you are in our office.
In the waiting area, you can take advantage of the refreshments that we make available to you.
When you are called back to one of our operatories, we want you to be comfortable. Our pillows and blankets can make the dental chair a cozy place to be. If you would like one or both, just ask.
Maybe you would prefer a distraction during your dental cleaning. This is why we have televisions in all of our rooms. Instead of staring at the ceiling, you can watch one of your favorite shows. This can make your appointment feel like it’s going by a little faster.
Another good option for patients with dental anxiety is longer appointments. By scheduling more time, we can take your treatment at a pace that helps you feel comfortable. You can take a break if you are feeling overwhelmed, and you won’t feel rushed during your visit.
Find What Works For You
Our comfort and sedation options are just some of the ways we try to make dental care easier for all our patients. Your dental anxiety doesn’t have to stop you from keeping your mouth healthy.