Suffering from DENTAL anxiety/PHOBIA
Dental phobia is an extremely common but unfortunate condition. Many people have had difficult, painful or traumatic experiences in the dentist’s office. When you’ve had that kind of experience, it’s sometimes hard to overcome your anxiety even to have routine dental work done, which is why we offer sedation dentistry and sleep dentistry.
While this kind of anxiety is understandable, if it keeps you from maintaining proper oral health, it becomes more than just a minor inconvenience. If you put off regular dental care for too long, by the time you do make it to the dentist, you could have a large amount of work to be done. Phoenix sedation dentists Dr. LeSueur and Dr. Dodaro want nothing more than for you to be comfortable and relaxed during your visits. To help you overcome your dental anxiety, they offer sedation dentistry in their Mesa, Arizona dentist office.
ideal candidates for sedation dentistry
This is offered to patients who experience extreme fear or anxiety when they visit the dentist. Sedation dentistry is ideal for children too! If your fear and anxiety is preventing you from getting routine dental care or dental treatments you need, then you are probably a good candidate.
Our relaxation dentistry methods may be right for you if you relate to any of the following:
- Suffered a traumatic dental experience in the past
- You have an excessively sensitive gag reflex
- You suffer extreme discomfort and pain in the dental treatment chair
- Unable to schedule your routine cleaning and exam every six months?
- Do you put off dental care because of fear and anxiety?
- Have you been unable to get dental restorations and treatments recommended by your dentist?
- Are you interested in sedation that allows you to remain awake but deeply relaxed?
Of course, the only way to be sure you are a good candidate is to visit our experienced dentists. Dr. Scott LeSueur can determine if sedation dentistry can help you, and he can inform you of what to expect during and after sedation.
what is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry allows you to be completely at ease during your visit. Even if you have a large amount of dental work to be done, you’ll be calm and stress-free. Your dental visit will fly by, and be over before you know it.
To reduce your tension and anxiety, you’ll receive a light sedative pill before your visit, or be given nitrous oxide gas while you’re in the dentist’s chair. Both methods are extremely effective and safe. Both types allow you to remain fully conscious, which is the main point of difference between sedation dentistry and sleep dentistry. If you require a sedative, you’ll want to arrange to have a ride home. As it will take a few hours to wear off. Nitrous oxide, on the other hand, wears off much more quickly.
Whichever kind of sedation dentistry you receive, you can expect to experience a sleepy, floaty feeling during your appointment. Some people who’ve taken advantage of Sedation dentistry compare it to a refreshing nap.You’ll be able to respond to the dentist’s instructions, and many times you’ll remember little or none of your procedure afterwards. Time will pass much more quickly, and you won’t experience any stress or anxiety at all. Sedation dentistry is so effective, in fact, that you can even have several procedures completed in one appointment.
In addition to offering sedation dentistry for those patients who prefer it, Dr. LeSueur and Dr. Dodaro offer pillows, heating pads, and even televisions in the rooms so you can watch movies during your visit. We truly do everything we can to make your visit as pleasant and comfortable as possible.
Advantages of Sedation Dentistry
Fear of the dentist can lead many people to avoid regular dental visits and cleanings, much less other, more complicated work. But avoiding the dentist means cavities and other problems won’t be discovered easily. This will usually lead to a need for additional, extensive work. Faced with the resulting vicious circle, people with dental phobia find themselves needing more and more work, and at the same time more and more afraid of having it done. For people facing this kind of phobia, sleeping through dental work might seem like a great option. But, while some dentists do supply sleep dentistry as an option, a better and much safer approach is sedation dentistry. The advantages of sedation dentistry are:
- You are completely relaxed during your dental visit.
- You remain conscious and are able to answer questions and are aware of what’s happening.
- Your anxiety will be non-existent, and your time in the chair will seem to pass quickly.
CAN I HAVE MORE THAN ONE PROCEDURE DONE AT THE SAME TIME?
Yes. In fact, this is one of the major advantages of sedation dentistry. If you’ve put off going to the dentist for a long time – years of avoidance isn’t uncommon among patients with dental anxiety – you might have several issues that need to be taken care of. Your state of complete sedation can allow Dr. LeSueur or Dr. Dodaro to address several things in one session. Because you’re relaxed, the work will take less time, so your dentist can be much more efficient.
choosing a Sedation Dentist
Because of its growing popularity, many dentists are now offering sedation dentistry. However, some dentists are more qualified to perform sedation dentistry than others. Before deciding on a sedation dentist, you’ll want to do some research to be sure you choose a qualified professional.
As with any specialized procedure, it’s important to find a dentist with experience in sedation dentistry. A sedation dentist should be able to offer several different sedation options, depending on what will work best for you and what goals you wish to achieve with sedation during dentistry.
Sedation dentistry isn’t one-size-fits-all, and your dentist should be willing to sit down with you and find out why you wish to have sedation dentistry. He should also offer other methods to help you relax, and maintain an office environment that feels comfortable to you. If a dentist only offers one kind of sedation, or focuses on general anesthesia over other methods, this might not be the dentist for you.
Modern dentistry has made many strides forward in helping people manage their fear of the dentists office. Dr. LeSueur and Dr. Dodaro do everything they can to help you feel comfortable during your visit. If you wish to use additional measures to ensure you’ll be free of anxiety, please let us know so that we can accommodate your needs.
DR. LESUEUR’S EXPERIENCE WITH SEDATION DENTISTRY
Dr. LeSueur belongs to the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS), and has had many experiences with sedation dentistry. Dr. LeSueur does not use IV or general anesthetic, as the risks inherent in these methods are much greater than for use of a sedative or nitrous oxide. Dr. LeSueur will provide an anxiety-free experience and help you overcome your fear of the dentist.
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Even people with severe dental fear and phobias have found excellent results with sedation dentistry. If you’ve avoided the dentist for a long time, and have a large amount of work to be done, relaxation dentistry can allow Dr. LeSueur and Dr. Dodaro to accomplish several procedures at once. You’ll be much more relaxed, making the procedures go more quickly, and having several procedures done in one appointment will save you time and money.
For more information on sedation dentistry call Drs of Smiles today at (480) 834-6991 today! Dr. Scott LeSueur, Dr. Glenn LeSueur, and Dr. Charles Dodaro serve Mesa, Phoenix, Gilbert, Tempe, Scottsdale Arizona and surrounding areas.