I’m very nervous going to the dentist – what are my options to have my dental work done?
If you get worried or anxious about visiting the dentist, we want you to know that these feelings are perfectly normal, and we can help you feel better. Even people who go to the dentist on a regular basis still feel anxious about it; you’re definitely not alone. We offer sedation options that will help you feel more at ease during your dental appointments. Sedation will allow you to relax while undergoing your dental procedures, meaning you’re more likely to get dental care when you need it – and the result? Better oral health! Dental sedation refers to the use of sedative medications to help you relax before, during and after your dental treatment. Sedation is often recommended for patients who feel highly anxious about dental procedures, or who have extensive treatment needs, time constraints and/or a severe gag reflex.
When you’re ready, you can schedule a time that works for you for your welcoming visit. This is when our treatment concierge will gather information regarding your health and discuss with you your wants and desires. If you’re comfortable, we will take x-rays and look inside your mouth. You will never be judged or made to feel embarrassed.
It is important to talk to us about your fears and concerns during your consultation or examination appointment before any dentistry is performed. Our doctors are DOCS certified (Dental Organization for Continuing Sedation Education) and are happy to answer any questions you may have and will discuss with you the protocols we have in place. It is critical that you provide us with an updated health history including all medications you are on, as well as any vitamins and supplements. Factors like smoking and alcohol consumption can alter the effectiveness of sedation medications. By providing us with a complete and accurate record we can then offer you the most effective and safe care.
Should you be a candidate for sedation dentistry, it is important you have a responsible caregiver accompany you to the procedure (and drive you to the office if you must take oral medication before your dental appointment). The caregiver should drive you home after the procedure is complete and stay with you for most of the day while the effects of the sedation wears off.