Dental Anxiety

Learn More About Dental Anxiety

It is estimated that between 9 and 15% of American adults avoid going to the dentist because of fear. Studies show that fear of the dentist is more often due to society’s misplaced belief that dental treatments are all painful more so than an actual painful experience. Dentists use nitrous oxide to help patients have a relaxed and pain free dental visit.

Nitrous oxide, often referred to as laughing gas, is used by dentists to help patients relax during treatment. It is a safe sedative that is combined with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask during treatment. This mild sedative will not put a patient to sleep. Patients are able to hear and respond to questions. They may experience some sensations of lightheadedness or tingling in the arms and legs. Once treatment is complete and the mask is removed the effects of nitrous oxide fade quickly as fresh air is breathed into the lungs.

Nitrous oxide is used on patients for two reasons. First, when patients are undergoing a procedure that may take a long time or an uncomfortable treatment, nitrous oxide can help them to relax and be comfortable throughout treatment. Nitrous oxide is also helpful for patients who suffer from dental anxiety or for children or those with special needs who may not understand the importance of dental care or be able to sit still during treatment. Dentists have extensive training in the use of nitrous oxide and other sedation techniques to ensure that all patients receive the appropriate dosage to keep them calm and relaxed throughout treatment.

Dentists are dedicated to providing the best possible patient care. They understand that the needs of each person are unique and they take the time to listen to them and address their concerns with an approach tailored to their needs.

Managing Dental Anxiety: A Compassionate Approach at Sullivan Darji Dental

Dental anxiety is a common issue that prevents many individuals from seeking necessary dental care. At Sullivan Darji Dental, we understand the impact of dental fear and offer effective solutions to ensure a comfortable experience for all patients.

Understanding Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety can range from mild unease to severe phobia, often leading to the avoidance of dental visits. Common triggers include fear of pain, needles, or previous traumatic experiences. Overcoming this anxiety is crucial for maintaining oral health, as neglected dental issues can lead to more severe health problems.

Our Approach to Comfort and Care

At Sullivan Darji Dental, we prioritize patient comfort and employ various techniques to alleviate anxiety:

  1. Nitrous Oxide Sedation: Known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative that helps patients relax during dental procedures. It induces a state of calm while allowing patients to remain awake and responsive.
  2. Compassionate Care: Our team is trained to handle anxious patients with empathy and understanding. We take the time to explain procedures, answer questions, and provide reassurance throughout the treatment process.
  3. Customized Treatment Plans: Recognizing that each patient’s anxiety levels and needs are different, we create personalized treatment plans to address specific concerns and ensure a positive dental experience.
  4. Calming Environment: Our dental office is designed to be a serene and welcoming space, reducing stress and promoting relaxation from the moment you walk in.

The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Using sedation dentistry not only eases anxiety but also allows for more efficient dental care. Patients are more likely to complete treatments, leading to better oral health outcomes. Additionally, sedation can make longer or more complex procedures feel shorter and more manageable.

Take the First Step Towards Anxiety-Free Dental Care

If dental anxiety has kept you from achieving optimal oral health, we invite you to experience the difference at Sullivan Darji Dental. Our compassionate team is dedicated to making your dental visits as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Contact us today to discuss your needs and schedule an appointment.