If you are uncomfortable at the dentist, you’re not alone. Most people have some level of dental anxiety, and it’s not uncommon for this anxiety to lead people to postpone or avoid dental care. In addition to anxiety, there are many reasons why people don’t like going to the dentist, including difficulty getting numb, a strong gag reflex, soreness in muscles, and even discomfort in the days following an appointment. Sedation dentistry can help with all of these problems to make your dental visit easier.
To learn how sedation dentistry in Rochester can potentially help make your dental appointments more comfortable, please call
First, We Can Help You Relax
We believe strongly that whenever possible, natural approaches to dental care are best, so we generally use sedation dentistry as a last resort. First, we like to help you feel more relaxed at the dental office. Our office is decorated in a relaxing, pleasant fashion. It doesn’t feel like a dentist’s office. We use aromatherapy to help reduce odor-based anxiety.
We listen to you about the sources of your dental anxiety and work to avoid them. This includes effective communication, explaining procedures to you and checking to make sure you’re okay with them before we proceed.
How Sedation Dentistry Can Help
Sedation dentistry helps you feel relaxed during a dental appointment. It can help you overcome many common complaints that can make dental visits uncomfortable, including:
- Dental anxiety
- Strong gag reflex
- Inability to get numb or stay numb
- Tenseness or soreness in jaw at or after a dentist appointment
- Inability to sit still for treatment
- Need to consolidate many treatments into a single visit
As well as other feelings that can make dental appointments unpleasant.
How Does Oral Sedation Dentistry Work?
Oral sedation is a simple approach to relaxing at the dentist. All you do is talk to us about the level and source of your anxiety or other concerns and we will determine if oral sedation can help you. Then we will talk about your medical history to make sure oral sedation is right for you.
If oral sedation is appropriate, we will write a prescription. If your anxiety keeps you from sleeping the night before, we might prescribe two pills: one that will help you sleep the night before and another for the dental appointment.
On the day of your appointment, take the pill shortly before heading in to our office, depending on how long your drive is. You’ll need someone to drive you to and from your appointment, because you will be feeling the effects by the time you reach our office. You’ll be conscious, but relaxed, and you likely won’t remember much about the visit.
We will take you back into our comfort room, where you’ll have a blanket to keep you warm and close monitoring to make sure you experience no adverse effects.
When your procedure is finished, we’ll make sure you’re recovering properly from sedation before we release you. We’ll tell you about home care and follow-up instructions. We’ll tell them to your driver and give them in writing, too.
If you would like to learn how sedation dentistry can help you get the dental care you need or the cosmetic dentistry you desire, please call (585) 244-3337 or email us for an appointment at Contemporary Dentistry in Rochester.