Does going to the dentist make your stomach tie up with knots? Whether it’s the sights, sounds, or smells of the dental office that disturb you, this fear is very real and unfortunately it keeps many patients from getting the dental care they need. Did you know that while millions of Americans feel uncomfortable about dental visits, around 5% suffer from a severe phobia? Whether you just need to “take the edge off” to relax at your appointment, or you suffer from debilitating fear, your trusted team at Mosaic Smiles has solutions for you. Your Fairfax sedation dentist discusses how you can manage your dental anxiety.
What triggers a dental fear is different for each patient. For some patients it’s feeling claustrophobic or unable to breathe in the chair. Others may not like the look, feel, or sound of the metal tools in their mouths. Many patients suffer from a gag reflex, which makes having tools or hands in your mouth extremely uncomfortable. Whatever your trigger is, it can make your visits to the dentist stressful and even terrifying in some cases.
There are different techniques you can use to calm your mind and your anxiety such as distracting your mind with a mental game, using optimism to tell yourself that things will be all right, or using prayer to guide you through the procedure. For some patients these techniques are helpful, yet for others they may not be enough. If you happen to be in the latter group, your sedation dentist in Fairfax has solutions for you.
Options at Mosaic Smiles for Managing Fears
While our team does everything they can to make every patients’ experience at our office pleasant and stress-free, we understand that some patients need additional help, and for that reason our doctors offer different options for dental sedation.
- Nitrous Oxide: This is a breathable gas delivered through a mask worn during your appointment. Nitrous is ideal for patients with mild fear or anxiety. It works quickly to help you relax, yet also leaves your system quickly so you can resume your normal activities after your procedure.
- Oral Conscious Sedation: This option works well for patients with moderate fear. It’s administered through a prescribed medication taken 1 hour prior to treatment. While you’ll still be conscious and responsive, you’ll also be completely relaxed, and may have little memory of your procedure. You’ll also need a ride to and from your appointment.
- IV Sedation: This type of sedation is ideal for patients with severe dental phobia, debilitating gag reflexes, special needs, or multiple treatment procedures they’d like to complete during one visit. It’s medication delivered intravenously, which can be adjusted throughout your treatment to ensure maximum comfort.
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Would you like to learn more about how sedation dentistry can help you? Contact our office to schedule an appointment.