Some people don’t outgrow their fear of the dentist, even as adults. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, in fact, 15 percent of all Americans have experienced some form of extreme dental anxiety within their lifetime. If your fear of sitting in the dentist’s chair is preventing you from attending regular checkups or making an appointment for surgery, your oral health may be at risk.
First of all: What is a Dental Phobia?
Dental phobias go beyond a slight apprehensiveness you might feel before an appointment with your dentist. Patients who suffer from dental anxiety or dentophobia have an extreme fear of dentists, dental treatments and techniques. If an upcoming routine checkup causes you to lose sleep or worry excessively about what might take place in the chair – it’s possible that you have a dental phobia.
How Does One Manage A Dental Phobia?
Finding a new dentist that you trust or employing calming breathing techniques during your dentist visit don’t always work in extreme cases of dental anxiety. Fortunately, there are now several pharmacological options for coping with dental anxiety – most notably, sedation dentistry.
Sedation Dentistry for Managing Dental Phobias
Sedation dentistry works by supplying the anxious patient with a medication designed to calm them during their dental treatment. While most patients are not put to sleep, such as with general anesthesia, they are put into a relaxed state. Carolina Dentistry at the State Line really cares about the comfort level of our patients who experience dental anxiety, so our sedation dentistry services are available at different levels depending on their needs. The types of sedation that Dr. Schwartz offers at our practice include:
- Nitrous oxide or laughing gas
- Conscious Sedation
- Intravenous Sedation
These range from mild to heavier levels of sedation. Prices for sedation vary and will be discussed at your consultation before your appointment. If you have any questions about our sedation dentistry services, please don’t hesitate to contact us on (704) 752-7602 or click here to request an appointment.