You are nervous, maybe even fearful. You haven’t been to the dentist in so long. You know that you should, but you that hasn’t reduced your dental anxiety.
Then someone told you about sedation dentistry. You made an appointment at Masterpiece Smiles, and now you are waiting for your name to be called …
If the scenario above makes you uncomfortable, then today’s post is for you. Experts estimate that as many as 1 in 5 people avoid going to the dentist because of anxiety or fear.
We understand that at our dentist office in Tulsa, OK. It’s why we offer dental sedation for our patients. We have learned that sedation dentistry can help people ease their way back into a dentist’s chair for cleanings and other services.
Our team has helped many patients become more comfortable receiving dental care. Sedation dentistry has played a vital role in many of those cases.
Today, we want to discuss how sedation can help you manage your dental anxiety and the sedation options available at our practice.
What Causes Your Dental Anxiety?
Fear of the dentist is more common than many people realize. Even if you understand the value of dental care, that doesn’t make it any easier to visit the dentist.
And you know what? That’s OK.
One way to help manage your dental anxiety is to figure out what is causing it. The better you understand this, the more when can do to help.
If you have something to write with and paper nearby, you may want to write down some things. This can be helpful to bring with you during a consultation with Dr. Cobble, our dentist in Tulsa, OK.
How would you describe your dental anxiety: mild, moderate, or severe?
How would you feel if you had a dental cleaning scheduled for tomorrow?
Have you had a bad dental experience previously?
Are you worried that dental care might be painful?
Are you worried that you may gag during your visit?
Are you bothered by certain pieces of dental equipment?
Are your worried that the dentist will be critical of your oral health?
Writing down some notes based on the answers to your questions can help Dr. Cobble and our staff provide you with the best possible experience at Masterpiece Smiles.
We do want to take a moment to address the last concern, however. We are here to support our patients. If there is a problem, we treat you like a friend because we want to help. We don’t want you or anyone to feel embarrassed or guilty.
Call 918-925-9687 if you would like to learn more about our approach to dental care.
How Can Sedation Dentistry Help?
Dental sedation can help patients in many ways.
When you are sedated, you will feel relaxed both physically and mentally. You won’t feel any pain. You won’t gag. Many patients have little or no memory of what happened during their treatment.
Whether you choose nitrous oxide or oral medication, you will be able to relax. And you will remain relaxed throughout your visit.
How Does Sedation Dentistry Work?
This will depend somewhat on the type of sedation you receive.
Nitrous oxide is also known as laughing gas. This is a fast-acting form of dental sedation. All you have to do is breathe, and you will feel it’s effects in a matter of minutes.
Throughout your cleaning or other procedure, this will keep you calm and prevent you from feeling any pain. At the end of your treatment, we simply turn off the gas. By continuing to breathe, you will exhale any remaining nitrous oxide in your system.
Most patients return to their normal state in a matter of minutes. It’s quick and effective, and we recommend it for patients with mild dental anxiety.
Oral medication may be a better option if you have severe anxiety. This is a stronger form of dental sedation. You should arrange for a family member or friend to bring you to our office and back home.
You will take a pill about one hour before your appointment. By the time you are ready for your treatment, you will be in a relaxed state of mind. The effects of oral medication can last for a few hours. It’s likely that you will want to rest after you get home as well.
Which Form Of Sedation Dentistry Is Right For You?
A good way to find out is to talk to someone at our dentist office in Tulsa, OK. We can answer any questions you have about the different types of sedation. We can discuss what affects your dental anxiety, and together we can develop a plan for you.
The first step is talking to Dr. Cobble at Masterpiece Smiles. Contact us online or call 918-925-9687 when you are ready.