Every day, we treat patients who are afraid of us.
We hope they aren’t afraid of us personally, but we know many of our patients are afraid of the dentist. You may share this fear.
Experts estimate that as many as 1 in 5 Americans avoid getting basic dental care because of their anxiety. At Advanced Dental Associates, this concerns us.
It’s also why we offer sedation dentistry for our patients in and around San Antonio.
Sedation dentistry can make it easier for your to receive preventive care. This makes it less likely that you will have a dental emergency down the road.
Why Should You Try Dental Sedation?
We have learned that every patient is different.
Even among patients who share a fear of the dentist, their reasons for being afraid — and how they respond because of that fear — can be quite different.
We can’t list every possible reason that someone may benefit from sedation dentistry, but we have listed four of the most common ways sedation could help you.
► You Are Afraid Of Gagging.
This is something that we are familiar with. If you’ve ever had X-rays taken, then you may have experienced this sensation. Breathing techniques can help many people deal with this, but that doesn’t work for everyone.
If you have a sensitive gag reflex, this can make a trip to the dentist seem scary. You will have a dentist or hygienist using a variety of tools to clean the inside of your mouth. You may worry that you will gag at any moment.
We assure you, your dentist and hygienist don’t want this to happen any more than you do.
Any of our three sedation options can alleviate this problem. Nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation will makes your gag reflex much less sensitive.
► You Are Afraid Of Pain.
To put it simply, pain hurts. You don’t like feeling pain, especially in your mouth.
Everyone can relate to this feeling, and dentists understand this, too.
In our practice, we do everything we can to minimize or eliminate the pain that our patients may feel during a procedure.
Local anesthetic works in many cases, but sedation dentistry has a more comprehensive benefit. All of our sedation options have a pain-relieving effect.
When you are sedated, you will not feel any pain while we are treating your mouth. This is true whether we are doing a basic cleaning or something more complicated.
► You Have A General Fear Of The Dentist.
For many people, dental fear goes back to a bad experience early in life. Maybe you have dental problems as a child, and this made you think of the dentist as a difficult place to visit.
Maybe your previous dentist was not as sensitive to your concerns as you would like. Maybe your last dentist was particularly judgmental, which made you hesitant to return for routine care.
These feelings can make you associate dentistry with anxiety. You may express that anxiety in a number of ways. Some people feel hot or cold. Some people’s hearts start to race. Other people start to sweat. Unfortunately, these effects can also make people feel embarrassed about what is happening.
We don’t want any of our patients to feel this way. Sedation dentistry helps your body to feel relaxed. It will help you remain calm and under control throughout your care.
Sedation dentistry will keep you comfortable, too.
► You Are Afraid You Will Need Complicated Work.
This is something we can’t know until we have a chance to examine your mouth. If we find that you would benefit from a longer treatment, then we will do whatever we can to make it as easy on you as possible.
This is one of the specific reasons we offer IV sedation in our office. This kind of sedation can only be administered by someone who is has been certified to do so.
This kind of sedation provides the greatest amount of control. You won’t remember anything about your procedure, but you and your mouth will be healthier for having it done.
Start By Giving Us A Call
We know it can be difficult to schedule a dental appointment if you have not been to the dentist in years. Before you do that, try taking one step first.
When you are ready, then you can call us back to schedule your visit. We will be happy to help when you do.