Do you feel nervous or experience fear when visiting the dentist? Odontophobia or fear of visiting the dentist is a common experience especially with people who have a traumatic experience when they are still young. Many dentists understand that not everyone feels comfortable sitting in the dentist’s chair and will have their teeth worked on. The anxiety felt is more than just an inconvenience; it also prevents patients from receiving the oral health care they need.
Many children suffer from upsetting experiences with dentists and tends to become uncooperative during dental visits. The dentist will provide behavioral management techniques such as tell-show-do, voice control, non-verbal communication, positive reinforcement, distraction and parental presence. If behavioral techniques are unsuccessful then conscious sedation may be offered.
It is a safe and effective way to let a patient feel relaxed and calm during any dental procedure.
We have certified doctors who use oral and inhalation sedation (nitrous oxide) prior to starting the dental treatment. In some cases the dentist might still need to administer anesthetics for extensive treatment. The effects of the sedation fades after a couple of minutes and it is easy to get back into normal routines.
Receiving oral care will no longer be an agonizing, terrifying or painful experience. Conscious sedation dentistry still allows the patient to participate in the treatment through an open communication with his dentist. Constant monitoring ensures the patient safety and relaxation.