Dental anxiety is the fear of visiting the dentist. This fear can keep people from going to the dentist for years. Unfortunately, this fear can get worse over time. It can lead to dental problems. If you suffer from dental anxiety, you’re not alone. More than 30 million Americans avoid dentists because of fear or anxiety. But skipping regular checkups and dental procedures can lead to more painful problems down the road.
At Englewood Dentistry, we understand that visiting the dentist can be stressful for many people. That’s why we do everything we can to make your visit with us as comfortable and stress-free as possible. In fact, we have a comprehensive suite of sedation dentistry options to help you remain calm and relaxed throughout your appointment. Here are just a few of the ways we can help you overcome dental anxiety:
This sedation method is administered through a small mask that is placed over your nose. While breathing normally through the mask, you will be completely relaxed throughout your procedure. Many patients report feeling as though they slept through their appointment!
A nitrous oxide is a common option for sedation dentistry because it works quickly and wears off quickly as well.
Oral sedatives are taken by mouth and work quickly to create a sense of calm. Oral conscious sedation is another option that works by helping you relax and feel a sense of calm throughout your treatment. A prescription sedative is taken about an hour before your appointment, so you arrive at our office already feeling relaxed. You will need to arrange transportation to and from your appointment if you choose oral conscious sedation. Your appointment will be rescheduled if you are unable to arrive at your scheduled time.
Also known as “sleep dentistry,” intravenous sedation requires an anesthesiologist to administer the medications through an IV. You will be asleep for the entire duration of your treatment and feel no discomfort whatsoever.
This option is usually reserved for more complex procedures like multiple tooth extractions or a root canal. You will need to arrange a ride home after your appointment if you choose to have IV sedation.
If you’re concerned about your anxiety levels, we invite you to schedule a consultation at our practice to learn more about how we can help you. You can visit Englewood Dentistry at 334 Grand Ave, Englewood 07631, or call (201) 541-8111.