What happens when you avoid going to the dentist’s office?
Well, to start, a potentially small problem like a minor cavity is not going to go away on its own. In fact, it’ll likely get worse. Although a minor cavity can generally be treated with a routine dental filling, an untreated minor cavity can grow into a much larger cavity or become infected. Then you may end up needing a dental crown, root canal, or even an extraction to restore your oral health.
So why would you ever avoid going to the dentist’s office? For many patients the answer is simple — they are afraid of the dentist. At Plymouth Dentistry, we understand dental fears and phobias and do our best to help our patients conquer them. So in today’s post of our dental health blog, we’re going to review three of the ways we can offer relief for your dental phobias.
1. The Comfort of a Small Office Offering Personalized Attention
Everyone processes fear and anxiety in different ways. You may be terrified of a zombie movie but not think twice about driving cross-country. Or maybe driving scares you more than a George Romero movie ever could.
The same is true with dental phobias. So at Plymouth Dentistry we strive to provide personalized care for all of our patients in our cozy and comfortable office. For some patients that means explaining every step of the treatment they are going to undergo. For other patients that means scheduling longer appointments so they can take breaks during their treatment.
We want all of our patients to feel calm and in control during their appointment. Whatever you need, we will work with you to come up with a personalized plan for treatment. We just want you to feel comfortable and receive the dental treatment you need for a healthy and attractive smile.
2. Complimentary Nitrous Oxide Sedation to Relieve Dental Jitters
We’ve long trusted nitrous oxide sedation to help anxious or nervous patients receive the dental treatment they need and deserve. Nitrous oxide sedation, commonly called laughing gas, is trusted by dental practitioners worldwide to safely deliver dental services in a comfortable fashion. The World Health Organization has even referred to nitrous oxide sedation as one of the most important developments in medicine in recent decades.
Nitrous oxide sedation is delivered through a comfortable nosepiece during your treatment. The safe mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide produces a light and airy feeling when you receive it. You may not even remember certain aspects of your procedure, but the whole time we will be able to communicate with you as needed. After your treatment is finished, the effects of nitrous oxide sedation wear off almost immediately so you can go on about your day.
3. Oral Sedation to Relax Anxious Patients for Lengthier Treatments
Oral sedation is used when a stronger sedative effect is needed than that provided by laughing gas. We may recommend oral sedation if you suffer from heightened dental phobias or anxieties and/or if you need to undergo a lengthier or more complicated treatment such as endodontic therapy. Oral sedation often allows us to accomplish more dental treatments in a shorter length of time.
Oral sedation is achieved through the use of prescription medication in pill form. We prescribe a medication that you take shortly before your treatment, then you sit back and relax. You may not even remember your dental treatment. Because oral sedation is stronger than nitrous oxide sedation, you will need someone to drive you home following your procedure.
Make An Appointment
If you’ve ever avoided dental treatment because of a dental phobia or anxiety, we want to help. At Plymouth Dentistry in Plymouth, MI, we have decades of experience in helping patients conquer their dental fears and phobias. When you’re a patient at our office, we can provide the personalized care and sedation dentistry services you need to comfortably undergo dental treatment. Make an appointment by calling our office at (734) 224-4359 or scheduling an appointment online.