Dental Anxiety Relief With Sedation Dentistry
- Posted on: Dec 22 2016
If you have dental anxiety, Clear Lake Dental Care in Webster, TX, has great news: a completely stress-free visit with the help of sedation dentistry options. If you’ve had nerve-racking, or even painful, dental experiences in the past, give yourself the gift of Clear Lake Dental Care. We offer:
- Oral Sedation
- Nitrous Oxide Sedation
- IV Sedation
- General Anesthesia
Recognizing Dental Anxiety And Recommended Coping Techniques
It has been estimated that as many as 15% of all Americans, or nearly 40 million people, suffer from dental anxiety or associate fear with the dentist. Does this sound familiar?
- I struggle to breathe during dental cleanings
- I only go to the dentist when necessary
- I have canceled or avoided booking appointments
- I have grown anxious in the waiting room and left my appointment
At Clear Lake Dental Care, we understand that dental anxiety can be a daunting thing to overcome. From your first phone call or visit, we will do everything we can to put you at ease so you can achieve your healthiest, brightest smile without stress.
But maybe you still need to get psyched up to make that first phone call. If so, here are some easy tips to alleviate stress or anxiety:
- Optimism: remember that your dentist is a professional and someone you can trust
- Self-encouragement: think positive thoughts and convince yourself you can do this
- Mental distraction: think about a favorite song or book, anything positive you can then associate with the dentist
- Mental distance: look out a window, imagine you’re on vacation, in any case, use your imagination to go somewhere far away from the dentist office
Determining Your Best Dental Sedation Options
Where other dental offices often have to bring in a sedation specialist, each of our doctors at Clear Lake Dental Care are highly trained and qualified to administer an array of dental sedation options for any procedure from cleanings to dental implants. In your private consultation, Dr. Das, Dr. Darcey, or Dr. Pham will help you decide what tactics would best suit your needs.
Oral sedation allows you to arrive at your appointment relaxed because it is a pill you take by mouth or dissolve under your tongue before coming to our office. You will stay awake during your visit, but may feel sleepy during and after. Patients with any fear of needles often choose this option.
Often recommended to patients with mild to moderate dental anxiety, nitrous oxide sedation is a gas you inhale through a small mask that produces a warm, almost dream-like state. Though your memory may be a little fuzzy, you will stay awake the entire time. And you’ll feel normal only minutes following the procedure. Typically, patients can even drive themselves home if they wish. Your dentist can carefully adjust the amount of nitrogen and oxygen in the nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” during the procedure based on your needs.
IV sedation, the administration of sedatives via IV, works much faster than oral sedation. The type and amount of sedatives used will depend on many factors, including any medications you’re taking and your medical history. IV sedation’s effects are predictable, and the dosage can easily be adjusted in the moment.
General anesthesia administered via IV is the deepest form of dental sedation we offer and the only one in which you will be completely asleep. Most dentists do not have the certification required to perform general anesthesia, but at Clear Lake Dental Care we believe in giving you every option we can. It is typically reserved for complex procedures, when your dentist could finish more quickly with you asleep.
Expertise, Friendly Staff, Comfortable Atmosphere
Our doctors and professional staff members are highly trained in effective, efficient sedation techniques, but our commitment to your comfort doesn’t stop there. When you visit, you will also be able to:
- Listen to your favorite music
- Watch shows or movies
- Lay back and relax in a comfy chair
At Clear Lake Dental Care, we want you to be comfortable and confident in our expert staff. Let us know if there’s anything special we can do to help you de-stress before or during your next appointment.
Don’t put off another visit to the dentist. Get dental anxiety relief and learn more about your dental sedation options at Clear Lake Dental Care by calling 281-500-9877 or filling out our online form to schedule your stress-free visit today.
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