Do you feel nervous, anxious, or even scared when visiting the dentist? Do these feelings prevent you from seeking the treatment you need to maintain oral health? If so, you are not alone. Millions of people feel at least some degree of angst when it comes time for a routine dental exam or cleaning out of fear that an underlying issue may be uncovered. An even greater number of people feel a considerable amount of worry when they know they must undergo a procedure like a filling, root canal, or tooth extraction.
Fortunately, sedation dentistry can help reduce your apprehension and keep you calm and comfortable throughout your office visit. At Pearl White Dentistry, our Fort Lauderdale dentist, Dr. Natalia Benda-Celenski, offers a variety of sedation options to suit your needs. From oral relaxants to laughing gas, we provide several choices depending on your level of anxiety so you can focus on the beautiful smile ahead instead of the actual procedure.
Even though local anesthesia eliminates any pain or discomfort that a patient can feel during a dental procedure, many still feel uneasy about the procedure itself. Many times, just knowing that a lidocaine injection will be administered is enough to make some patients who are fearful of needles feel anxious. Some people are so overcome with fear at the thought of visiting the dentist that they rather endure the pain of a toothache or take their chances with untreated gum disease than seek treatment. Unfortunately, the longer you wait to treat a dental issue, the more extensive the damage can become – thus, requiring even more aggressive treatment.
We understand that any kind of dental work can be stressful, even for those who undergo routine exams. We want you to feel comfortable in seeking treatment so we can prevent minor issues from developing into severe problems that may threaten both your oral and overall health. With this in mind, we offer a variety of sedation options at our Fort Lauderdale dental office to appease your level of concern.
Oral conscious sedation is available for patients who are very nervous visiting the dentist or for those who wish to have multiple treatments performed in a single, longer appointment. It is achieved using a medication you take orally about an hour before you come into our office. Once you arrive, you will already feel more at ease and will continue to feel relaxed and worry-free through the entire procedure. Oral sedatives may take some time to wear off, so we recommend that you abstain from driving to and from the office.
For more minor procedures or for people who just need a little extra help relaxing, we offer nitrous oxide. Also known as laughing gas, this option helps patients feel light, happy, and stress-free during their treatments. The effects wear off as soon as the procedure is completed and the mask is removed, so you can resume normal activities right away.
If you are worried about an upcoming dental exam or procedure, rest assured that we can provide you with a sedation treatment that can eliminate your concerns and allow you to feel at ease during your visit. To learn more about our sedation dentistry options and determine the one that’s best for you, call our Fort Lauderdale office today at (954) 491-8812 or contact us online.