Millions of Americans cope with dental anxiety. There mere thought of sitting down in a dentist’s chair fills them with dread. In some cases, it’s so intense they’ll avoid the dentist altogether. If this sounds at all like you, you should know that at Destination Dentistry, we can get you through your procedure with the help of sedation dentistry.
Common causes of dental anxiety include fear of pain, fear of injections, and a loss of control as you sit in the chair. From the patient’s point of view, avoiding the dentist seems logical enough. Why do something that makes you anxious?
Fair enough. But avoiding the dentist puts your dental health at risk. There’s a good very reason we recommend seeing us twice a year for a cleaning and checkup: no matter how good a job you do at home, brushing and flossing simply cannot do it all.
Sedation dentistry is a safe and simple way of getting your dental work done without sending your anxiety level through the roof. At Destination Dentistry, we provide two types of sedation:
- Nitrous oxide, commonly called laughing gas. It may not make you laugh, but it will make you very relaxed. It is safe and effective and has been used in dentistry for more than one hundred years.
- Oral Conscious Sedation. This involves taking a sedative about an hour before your appointment. You’ll remain awake but be very sleepy, and not very aware of what’s going on around you. You won’t remember much afterward, and you’ll need to have a ride home.
If you have been neglecting your teeth because of fears or concerns, talk to us at Destination Dentistry. We don’t want anyone putting their dental health at risk. We also provide family dentistry, and popular cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening and porcelain veneers.