When you think of the dentist, you probably don’t think about relaxation. In fact, for several people, you may think the exact opposite. For many, a visit to the dentist involves nerves and anxiety. Still, we are here to help reclaim the visit to the dentist’s office and let you know that it can be a relaxing experience, especially with our help. We take pride in our skill as relaxation dentists, and we offer a variety of ways to take away the trepidation and enjoy your visit to the dentist.
Why Is Relaxation Dentistry Important?
Believe it or not, thousands of Americans every year will skip dental visits because of fear or anxiety. While this may feel good in the short term, skipping dental visits is a long term problem that you will pay for. However, you can’t just ignore or dismiss the fears and anxieties that many people feel. That’s where relaxation dentistry comes in. It provides patients to overcome their fears and anxieties, and realize a relaxing environment at the dentist, getting the care they need.
How Relaxation Dentistry Works?
We utilize a variety of techniques and methods to achieve a calm environment at the dentist’s office. Depending on your procedure and situation, we can come up with a detailed treatment plan that will not only accomplish your dental needs but do so in a calm and sedate fashion. Here are some of the primary methods of relaxation dentistry we offer.
- Nitrous Oxide: This is the most commonly known dental sedative, so much so that it has received the nickname “laughing gas.” All you have to do is inhale this odorless and colorless gas for a few minutes, and you’ll be able to relax. You’ll still be totally conscious, but you will be exceptionally relaxed and able to tolerate most of the dental procedures. It also wears off after a short period of time.
- Local Anesthetic: Generally used in combination with other sedation techniques, a local anesthetic is applied directly to the procedure area, normally via an injection into your gums or inner cheek. This will just provide an overall numbing sensation. This is used more for pain management, although that can certainly alleviate anxiety also.
- Oral Anxiety Medications: Avoiding the need for needles or anything of the sort, these oral anxiety medications can very much help reduce stress. Even more so, if you have trouble numbing, these medications can help as well.
These details are just a part of our arsenal to take the dentist’s office experience beyond an essential experience and actually make it a relaxing one. Contact us today to learn more!