Trouble relaxing at the dentist?
A lot of people could benefit from sedated dental visits.
According to a top-ranked medical website, as many as one in two Americans either avoid going to the dentist or simply don’t go at all because of anxiety and fear.
Let’s face it, needles and drills can be “scary looking” tools of the trade and, for some people, just thinking about the sound of a drill can usher in state of panic.
Our Sedation Dentists can help make your
next visit a pleasant, worry-free experience.
Do you suffer from Dental Phobia?
In several published online articles, dental phobia is listed as one of the top 10 “Things that Really Scare People.” One article said that people place their fear of the dentist “JUST UNDER their fear of the IRS.”
Why do so many people avoid going to the dentist?
While there are a number of explanations as to why people experience so much dental fear and anxiety, the major ones are:
- Bad experience in the past as a child or adult – either with a process or with the dentist
- Fear of shots/injections in general
- Not being numbed enough in the beginning to block pain completely
- Extremely sensitive teeth
- Long procedures
The problem is that once a person associates going to the dentist with pain, it’s hard to change their mind, with often disastrous results.
OK – What’s the “Catch 22″?
The longer they wait to schedule a visit, the more chance of incurring a mouthful of rotting teeth and the excruciating pain that often goes along with unattended care (which means more pain, more expense and more time – the exact thing they wanted to avoid). Call our office at 972-360-3232 for a worry-free dental experience.
This vicious cycle becomes further compounded by overwhelming feelings of:
- self consciousness
- fear of judgment
As a result, many people are only able to force themselves to see a dentist long after it becomes absolutely necessary.
For them, going to the dentist is a traumatic experience – mentally and/or physically. Some people feel they would rather lose all their teeth and have dentures than face the pain and time of fixing them. At the very least, they will modify their behavior to avoid the dentist chair.
For example, if it’s an appearance issue, they may simply stop smiling or laughing, which can have a huge impact on how others perceive them and react to them. Not smiling is often a sign of unfriendliness, and people who feel uncomfortable with their smile complain that their unease is creating problems for them in relationships.
If it’s a pain issue, such as contact with hot, cold, or hard food, they may resort to drinking with a straw or changing how and what they eat and chew entirely.
This debilitating fear can take over, spilling into parts of their life they could not know in advance as it silently erodes their confidence and self esteem.
Can going to the dentist be made into a pleasant experience? Yes, absolutely, through a process called “Sedation Dentistry.”
Sedation dentistry is a term that refers to a group of techniques and methods designed to relax and eliminate anxiety for patients and to offer the best possible dental experience before, during and after treatment.
Many people report they were so relaxed that they don’t even remember the visit, almost as though they slept through it. For others, hours of dental work can feel like only a few minutes in the chair.
And their entire perception of going to the dentist changes…so they no longer put off making the appointments.
Through Sedation Dentistry, people find the courage, willingness and confidence to have the dental work they need or want, whether it’s routine or more extensive.
Does it work for everyone?
Sedation dentistry is the answer to many people’s concerns (including the dentist whose patients come in with pounding hearts, tears, sweating or trembling).
It works particularly well for people who fall into any of these categories:
- Have had bad dental experiences in the past
- Are difficult to numb
- Are afraid of needles or drills
- Have anxiety attacks or issues
- Require more than one dental procedure
- Lengthy or complex procedures
- Have a strong gag reflex
- Have a hard time relaxing
- Have physical disabilities
Sedation Dentistry is considered a very safe procedure by the American Dental Association and has allowed millions of people to reclaim their dental health.
Overall, candidates should be in general good health, although even those with medical conditions may have sedation options available.
A qualified and competent “Sedation Dentist” is paramount. They will review and evaluate an updated medical health history, along with any current medications or supplements.
Finding the Right Sedation Dentist
Everyone wants a dentist they can trust – but finding a dentist you trust is an especially sensitive issue for people who dread going in the first place.
The first place to look is at their credentials and certification.
Sedation Dentistry should only be performed by a dentist and staff specifically trained and certified in sedation treatments and procedures, with the appropriate in-patient monitoring equipment available in their office.
Your Plano Certified Sedation Dentist
Imagecare Dental in Plano, Texas, has the experience, education and certification to offer Sedation Dentistry to its patients with advanced credentials and training which includes:
Our dental team has worked with thousands of patients who initially came to us filled with anxiety and dread – but left with a new confidence in themselves.
For those who avoid getting their teeth or smile fixed out of fear, sedation dentistry can provide the solution they are looking for.
At Imagecare Dental, Dr. Thompson and our team will work with you to customize a perfect, anxiety-free experience.
How does sedation dentistry work?
- Making your first appointment – This is difficult for many anxious people, so we try to make this as easy as possible. Call 972-360-3232 to schedule your appointment today.
- Welcoming visit – We gather information regarding your health and discuss with you your wants and desires. If you’re comfortable, we’ll take x-rays and look in your mouth. But you will never be judged or embarrassed.
- Preparing for your sedation visit – We’ll give you a prescription for a sedative to take the night before your first appointment to guarantee a good night’s sleep and to make sure you wake up relaxed.
- Arriving for treatment – Your companion will bring you to the office. Additional medications will be provided to create the ultimate in relaxation. Your experienced sedation team will monitor you throughout your entire visit.
- Going home with your new smile – Your companion will take you home and stay with you until you’re completely recovered from your sedation medication.
- The next day – Most patients feel no discomfort or residual effects from the dental visit and you’ll be thrilled with all the compliments you will get.
Join the millions of people just like you and experience Sedation Dentistry’s relaxed, easy state where dentistry can be accomplished in just a few visits, in the most comfortable way possible.