If you experience anxiety when visiting the dentist – even for routine exams – you are not alone. So many people experience this fear that it has a name: dentophobia. In fact, many patients would rather suffer the pain of letting toothaches go untreated simply to avoid the stress of spending time in the dentist’s chair. As a result, patients who are nervous about visiting the dentist often forgo routine dental exams and teeth cleanings, which leads them to require more serious treatment and prolonged appointments.
Routine dental care, however, is essential to everyone’s health – both oral health and overall wellness. Even though many people fear visiting the dentist, everyone should still see an oral healthcare professional regularly for exams, cleanings and additional care.
Sedation dentistry helps patients who fear the dentist to get the care they need without the stress, anxiety and unpleasant experience. Sedation dentistry uses medications to help patients relax during routine exams and cleanings, more invasive procedures and both short and long appointments.
Different levels and types of sedation exist. Our dentist and anesthesiologist help each patient determine the proper sedation method for them by discussing the patient’s health, medical history, level of anxiety and the type of procedure or appointment.
To learn more about Schaffer Dental Excellence’s sedation dentistry services or whether they are right for you, we welcome you to contact our office today.