If your dental anxiety is taking a toll on your smile, a sedation dentist can help.
Fearful patients tend to avoid seeing the dentist and, as a result, they often experience a higher incidence of problems. Sedation dentistry was developed specifically to help fearful patients experience less anxiety, so they are more willing to visit the dentist and get the treatment and care they need.
The Challenges You Experience with Dental Anxiety
Dental fears and anxiety often arise from a past experience that was negative or painful. For many patients, this experience happened in childhood. Many others, however, have no idea how they came to develop this common form of anxiety.
Fearful patients often avoid seeing the dentist and hygienist for preventive care and routine procedures. And, as a result, they become even more fearful and embarrassed. They’re often afraid they’ll be ridiculed for neglecting their teeth.
No professional dentistry practice will ever ridicule you or do anything to make you feel embarrassed about this common problem. And, in fact, many dentists acquire additional skills and knowledge to help you with these challenges.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Compassionate dentists who want to help patients overcome their fears and anxiety often complete continuing education in sedation dentistry. By administering treatments for conscious sedation, they help patients achieve their treatment goals.
Conscious sedation essentially involves light or moderate treatments that place you into a state of relaxation. You remain awake and alert – and you can still communicate with the dentist – but you don’t experience the anxiety you otherwise would.
One common method of achieving this state of relaxation is nitrous oxide (laughing gas). This treatment will not leave you with any after effects and you’ll be fine to drive after your appointment. Another common approach is oral sedation, which is achieved by taking a small tablet prior to your appointment.
Sedation dentists may also use more advanced methods, including IV sedation, for patients who require extensive procedures such as wisdom tooth extraction, bone grafting for dental implants, etc.
Choosing the Right Sedation Dentist for You
Your fears don’t have to keep you from getting the care you need. You simply need to find the right dentist. Look for a practitioner who has advanced training in sedation techniques and who has assembled a compassionate treatment team in a relaxed atmosphere – like Dr. Richard Hughes and the experienced professionals at Alta View Dental Care.
At Alta View Dental Care, we understand your fears and we are here to put you at ease. Many patients feel the same way you do and we take every possible step to accommodate you. Our caring team is dedicated to helping you have the best possible experience, so you’ll come back and see us whenever you have a problem.
Dr. Hughes is a member of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS) and has completed advanced training for treating fearful and anxious patients. This means that your fear doesn’t have to stand between you and a bright, healthy smile. Contact our Sandy, Utah, office today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about how a sedation dentist can help you overcome your dental anxiety.