October 26, 2017

For some reason, many patients associate dental visits with discomfort, pain and anxiety. As technology advances and new treatments are offered, there is no need to feel nervous about visiting Walden Dental Group for any procedure. We understand that some anxiety and nervousness is hard to overcome, so we offer sedation dentistry options that allow you to get the treatment you need without the anxiety that often comes with it.

Ignoring your teeth because the dentist causes you anxiety can lead to serious problems with your oral health down the road. The best way to prevent costly, extensive procedures is to stay on top of your regular cleanings and care, and now we have ways that you can do it without feeling nervous.

What Causes Your Anxiety?

Anxiety at the dentist can be caused by many things, including:

  • Behavioral or medical problems
  • Fear of needles
  • Local anesthetic allergy
  • Sensitive gums and teeth
  • Required extensive, complicated dental treatments
  • Previous bad experiences
  • Severe gag reflex
  • Odors, sounds or sights that trigger a response from previous visits

Types of Sedation

There are several ways that Dr. Walden may sedate your during your procedure, but you will decide with him which option works best for you.

  • Oral Sedation: About an hour before your visit, you will take an oral sedative that relaxes you. Make sure you have a ride arranged both ways as you may become drowsy.
  • Nitrous Oxide: Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is applied through a mask that makes you feel euphoric during your treatment. Because it wears off almost immediately, you can drive yourself home.
  • IV Sedation: Medication is inserted through an IV, and although you remain awake during the procedure so that you can follow instructions, you won’t remember any of the procedure.
  • General Anesthesia: If you are unable to cooperate with the dentist, are allergic to anesthesia or need extensive surgery, you may be placed under general anesthesia during your procedure.

If you fear visiting the dentist because of some unknown anxiety, we can help. Contact us today to discuss what treatments you need and determine how to get them done without causing you significant stress.



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