If I’m afraid of the dentist, will I have to have sedation to get treatment? I have trouble getting to the dentist. The last time I did, I was waiting for over 40 minutes in the waiting room and then another 40 in the chair and someone still hadn’t seen me. I finally got so uptight I just left. No one seemed to notice because no one called me after I disappeared. I looked up solutions for dental anxiety and all of them talk about sedation which knocks you out. If I trusted dentists I wouldn’t need to be knocked out, so why would I want to be knocked out by someone I don’t trust? Is there something for terrified patients that doesn’t include sedation?
What a distressing experience. It sounds like they weren’t giving much consideration to their patients, which is definitely not the type of dentist you need. I’m going to suggest you look for a cater to cowards dentist.
I am in no way calling you a coward. In fact, you are the opposite. You’ve got a severe anxiety, yet you still make an effort to take care of your oral health. That is courage not cowardice. It’s just a term dentists use when they want to show they care about fearful patients.
Most dentists who cater to patients with anxiety want to give you positive experiences in order to help you feel comfortable in the dental chair. Their goal is to change the way you feel about the dentist. There are several ways they can do that.
For instance, at Dr. Price’s office the very first thing you’ll notice is our front office staff are friendly and want to make you feel at home. That being said, they don’t want you to have to live in the waiting room. We know that waiting around increases your anxiety so we will get you in on time.
Once you’re in “the chair”, we strive to ensure you feel relaxed. We’ll immediately start you off with with a warm lavender towel, as well as a pillow and blanket. You can lay back in a massaging chair and use noise reduction headphones or watch television during your treatment.
As far as treatment goes, we will not force you to take any medication you don’t want. Dr. Price will also never proceed with any work unless she is certain you are numb.
Anxiety and Anesthetics
You should be aware that some people with dental anxiety find it challenging to get numb. That is because your anxiety increases your metabolism which will burn off your topical anesthetic faster than would otherwise be normal.
While some dentists insist on countering this by having the patient use a strong sedative, such as is common with oral conscious sedation. Dr. Price will only do that if the patient desires it. Instead, she’ll use nitrous oxide.
This isn’t nearly as strong as Oral Sedation. It’s sometimes called laughing gas. All you do is wear a nose piece which allows you to breathe in the gas. It makes you feel comfortable and at ease. This in turn allows the numbing medicine to do its job. Then, when the procedure is complete, they’ll simply change the mixture of the gas to pure oxygen and you’re in perfect shape and lucidity to go about your day as you choose.
I hope this helps.
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