March 20, 2017
In spite of the fact that dental technology has make more dental procedures pain free, fear and anxiety still keep people away from the dentist. If you feel your body tense with fear at the thought of having your teeth cleaned, you might have dental anxiety.
In their book Behavioral Dentistry, Daniel W. McNeil, PhD, and Cameron L. Randall note that almost half of American adults have at least a moderate level of dentistry-related fear. Five to 10 percent of people report that that fear causes them to avoid dental care.
Dental anxiety, or dental phobia, is not always caused by some kind of dental trauma that occurred in the past. It can also be caused by fear of needles or just having your personal space invaded. The staff at Synergy Dental Center in Gillette, WI, is sympathetic to this and is prepared to help.
The Consequences of Avoiding Dental Care
There’s nothing like professional dental care to keep your teeth in tip top health. Routine cleanings and exams can keep plaque and tartar from forming on your teeth and causing cavities.
By not getting dental care, you risk more than just bad breath, cavities, and gum (periodontal) disease. Because periodontal disease is associated with heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, you could be risking your overall health.
When you don’t get dental care, your smile could suffer. Discolored teeth or red, puffy gums can cause you to be self-conscious about how you look when you smile. By not smiling, you can miss out on social and business opportunities.
Sedation Dentistry Can Help
Sedation dentistry is used to provide an anxiety-free experience and be used for everything from an invasive procedure to a simple tooth cleaning. It’s designed to relax your system and help you feel at ease while you’re in our care. It can mean the difference between you getting the care you need or not.
Dental anxiety is something we see every day in patients. That’s why we know exactly what to do to help. At Synergy Dental Center, we can offer you two levels of dental sedation. We carefully supervise you under sedation so both of our options are safe. Here is what we can offer you:
You might know it better as laughing gas. Nitrous oxide sedation involves using a substance that you inhale through a face mask prior to treatment. Nitrous oxide treatment is simply designed to take the edge off your nervousness. It creates a feeling of euphoria that makes your dental visit more enjoyable.
Here are some key points to know about nitrous oxide sedation:
- The combination of inhaled nitrous oxide and oxygen is a safe and effective means of managing anxiety in dental patients.
- The depth of sedation can be altered from moment to moment by the dentist.
- There’s no “hangover” effect. Nitrous oxide gas is eliminated from the body within three to five minutes after the supply is stopped.
- It’s effective in easing or eliminating severe gagging that people may experience during a dental procedure.
Oral Conscious Sedation
With oral conscious sedation, we would have you take a pill before your appointment. The medication produces a light to moderate effect, depending on the type and strength of the prescription. Once it kicks in, you’ll feel more relaxed and maybe even a little groggy.
The pill you take will make you drowsy. Some people become so drowsy that they fall asleep during the procedure.
With oral conscious sedation, recovery time may take longer, and you’ll need someone to drive you home. Like nitrous oxide, this option is safe under our supervision.
Other Options For Comfort
In addition to these sedation options, we offer a variety of other options for making you feel more comfortable. These include heated dental chairs, head and neck massages, private operatories, televisions, and music.
Don’t hold off getting dental care because of anxiety. When you let your dental care lapse, you’re risking more than just cavities and gum disease.
With our sedation options at Synergy Dental Center, you don’t have to worry about having an uncomfortable experience. Call Synergy Dental Center at 307-622-1311 today to set up an appointment. You can also use our convenient online form to make an appointment.