Sedation Dentistry — Helps Sooth Dental Anxiety
Do you fear going to the dentist’s office? Despite all the advances in technology and methodology made in dentistry, dental anxiety remains one of the most common phobias. This anxiety can be a major source of distress when it comes time for dental appointments. In fact, 10% of Americans have such a strong dental phobia they avoid going to the dentist altogether. Fortunately, sedation dentistry is a solution that allows you to get the dental treatment you need while remaining relaxed and worry-free.
Why the Fear?
Dental anxiety can be triggered by many different things, including:
- A fear of needles
- A fear of drills
- Previous bad dental experiences
- Feelings of embarrassment or helplessness
- Fear of having no control
Handling the Fear
We strive to make your dental experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible. One tool we use is one of the most common techniques used in the U.S. today to ease dental fear — the use of oral sedation. Oral sedation is used not to put you to sleep like anesthesia, but to relax and soothe you.
With oral sedation, you’ll be given a pill to take prior to your appointment that will reduce your awareness of pain, sounds, and smells. This way when you arrive for your appointment, you’ll be totally relaxed and at ease. You will, however, need to have a driver take you to and from your appointment.
With sedation dentistry, you may find that time passes quickly, so oral sedation dentistry may be the answer for you, especially if you have problems sitting for any length of time or if you need to have complex procedures completed that could take a long time and would otherwise require multiple visits.
While you may not always look forward to a visit with us, you need not fear the dental procedures that will help you keep your teeth and smile beautiful and healthy. If you are in the Cameron Park, California, area, call us to schedule an appointment today!