Everybody is afraid of something. Some people are afraid of heights. Some people are afraid of roller coasters.
And we know that some people are afraid of the dentist.
We also know that telling you to “just deal with it” isn’t going to make your worries magically disappear. Experts on dental anxiety estimate that up to 1 in 5 people completely avoid the dentist because of their fears.
If you are one of those five, then we want to help you at Fairhope Cosmetic Dentistry. You can’t just confront dental fear like you would a bully. You can learn to manage your dental fear, and one way to do that is with sedation dentistry.
We welcome you to call or visit our dentist office to learn more about sedation dentistry if you live in Mobile, Fairhope, or anywhere else in Alabama.
Imagine Feeling Comfortable At The Dentist
If you experience dental anxiety, “comfortable” and “relaxed” are probably not two words you associate with the dentist office.
You may get nervous thinking about picking up the phone to make an appointment, much less actually stepping foot in the office and sitting in the chair. Some people start to sweat. Other people’s hearts start to beat faster, or they have trouble breathing.
Some people start to shake, and still others experience a kind of fight-or-flight response.
We don’t bring these up to make you feel bad. We mention them because these are normal human responses to fear and anxiety.
With time and familiarity, your individual thoughts and feelings about the dentist can change. Be aware that they aren’t going to change overnight or with one visit to the dentist, but we would be happy to work with you — one step at a time.
And sedation dentistry can be the first step to help you.
You Deserve A Healthy Mouth
We will be the first to tell you that good oral health starts at home. Brushing and flossing your teeth are essential to staying healthy.
But you also know that you should be visiting the dentist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups. No matter how good your oral hygiene routine is, you need a dentist or hygienist to remove the plaque and tartar you have missed. You also need someone who will watch for changes in your teeth and your bite over time.
For people with dental anxiety, sedation dentistry can give them the boost that they need to stay calm, comfortable, and relaxed so that they can sit through a cleaning and examination.
If you don’t visit the dentist for routine care, you are more likely to have a dental emergency at a later date. Those procedures that are more likely to trigger your dental anxiety because those are times when you know that you have no other choice but to see the dentist.
How Sedation Dentistry Can Help
During dental sedation, you are able to sit in the chair while we clean your gums and teeth and look for signs of possible problems. If you are under sedation, you may not remember any of the treatment, although you will still receive the benefits of that treatment.
At our office, we offer two forms of dental sedation. Depending on your level of dental anxiety, you may prefer one over the other.
Nitrous oxide sedation has actually been used by dentists for centuries. More than 200 years ago, people had learned about the euphoric feelings produced by inhaling nitrous oxide and about the anesthetic value.
If you choose nitrous oxide, we will place a mask over your nose so you can inhale the gas. Within a matter of minutes, you will start to feel more relaxed, and it will allow you to remain calm throughout your cleaning or other procedure.
When you are finished, we turn off the gas and remove the mask. By just breathing normally, you will return to feeling like your normal self within a matter of minutes.
Oral conscious sedation is a more powerful form of sedation. With oral conscious sedation, you will need to arrive 30 minutes before you cleaning. When you get here, you will take a pill.
By the time, you sit down for you procedure, you will feel relaxed and you may even fall asleep. In either case, you will stay calm and comfortable throughout your treatment.
Now, this is a more powerful form of sedation, so you will need someone else to drive you home. You also may need to rest for a while when you get there.
Take Your First Step
Learning to manage your dental anxiety starts with a single step and the support of a dental team who cares for you. You will find that at our dentist office in Fairhope, AL.
If you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry, we welcome you to call (251) 210-7142 or to use our online form.
At Fairhope Cosmetic Dentistry, we want to help you get the care that you deserve.