For many people, going to the dentist can be very scary. Some people have had terrible experiences in the past that have made them so anxious that even picking up the phone to make an appointment with a new dentist can be unbearable. If this sounds familiar, and you also fear the dentist, you don’t need to feel bad, because a 2008 study found that half of all Americans have some kind of dental phobia. Dr. Leo Davis understands. He enjoys working with fearful patients, and he also offers sedation, so you may not even remember your treatment.
What Is a Sedation Dentist?
When you have had a traumatic dental experience, just hearing that someone understands and will treat you gently helps, but may not be enough. So we offer two levels of sedation including nitrous oxide and oral sedation. We’ll cover those next, but there is another consideration that sedation dentists take into account. Sometimes fear leads to unintentional neglect. It is so much easier to put off regular exams or ignore pain and other signals. We want you to know that you will never be judged here. Nor will we lecture you on dental hygiene. Instead, we are going to treat you with the respect you deserve for having the courage come in.
Levels of Sedation
If you’ve ever had a dentist begin to work on you before you were fully numb, it can be hard to trust again. But that will not happen here. Dr. Davis will pay close attention to you and your level of comfort. In addition, nitrous oxide can sometimes help with both anxiety and getting numb. Nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and breathed in through the nose. It can help your body relax, and it also seems to strengthen the novocaine. Then, once your treatment is complete, you’ll breathe oxygen for a couple of minutes, and there will be no after-effects. You’ll be ready to go about your day.
Sometimes a stronger sedative is needed, and if this is the case for you, we’ll provide you with a pill you can take before your appointment. When it’s time for your treatment, you’ll be in a relaxed and sleepy state. You’ll be aware enough to respond to requests, but you will be unconcerned, and you may not even remember your time in the chair afterwards. The big advantage of oral sedation is that you can have more work done in one appointment without it taking too much of a toll on you. But you’ll need someone to drive you to and from your appointment, because you won’t be aware enough to be drive yourself.
If you have put off receiving the dental care you need, you don’t even have to pick up the phone if you don’t want to. You can complete our online Request an Appointment form, and we’ll call you. Please let us know that you have anxiety, so we can hopefully help you feel more comfortable. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about what you can expect and help you find an appointment time that fits your schedule.
And finally, Dr. Davis offers a complimentary consultation. If you would like to come in and meet him and have a bit of time to discuss your concerns before you commit to a complete exam, please let us know.