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.
WHAT IS DENTAL FEAR?
Dental fear is the anxiousness that causes some people to put off dental visits as long as they are having no pain. When the pain does start, they then have a extremely difficult experience and that reinforces their desire to not return unless they are hurting. Sometimes this fear is built up by others who have had bad experiences.
CAUSES OF DENTAL FEAR
Causes of dental fear can be:
- Painful and/or scary childhood experiences at the dentist or physician
- Past painful adult experiences
- Stories from friends and/or media depicting bad experiences from others
- Fear of the unknown
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 for sedation dentistry.
HOW CAN I REDUCE MY DENTAL FEAR?
We ask potential patients who are fearful to let us talk to them on the phone. We are then better able to access your needs so we can put you in the right place in our office for the least stressful exam and x-rays. Then we can review all the options for care and design a low to no stress dental care program that makes the dental office a much better and potentially non anxiety producing place. Our patients become part of our dental family and we care for them!
ideal candidates for sedation dentistry
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
- You are constantly putting off dental care because of fear and anxiety
- You are 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. Sedation dentistry is an ideal option for children too! The dentists of Drs of Smiles can determine if sedation dentistry can help you, and we can inform you of what to expect during and after sedation.
How do we plan to help with your Dental Fear?
Our office has hired very gentle staff and doctors who like to talk to the patients and understand their needs. We like to do a detailed exam and x-rays in a non threatening way and then discuss ways of correcting problems at the patients pace and in a comfortable way. We explain our abilities to use nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and painless injections, and many other ways to tune out of a visit such as headphones, dark glasses, padded chair back and shoulder supports and aromic/heat therapy, etc. All of these option are offered through sedation dentistry.
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.