What to Do If You Have Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety is more common than you may think. In fact, it's estimated that between 50% and 80% of people in the US experience dental anxiety. About 15% of them are so scared that they postpone seeing the dentist and getting the treatment they need altogether. However, not getting dental care can lead to more complicated problems that will require more visits and money spent down the line.  

Luckily, dentists nowadays have various ways to help anxious patients manage their fears and get the treatment they need. 

So, if you've been postponing your upcoming visit because of your anxiety, here's how you can get stress and pain-free dental care. 

Solutions for Managing Dental Anxiety

The first thing you will need to do is schedule an appointment with your dentist in Westfield and talk to them about your fears. This way, Dr. Barton will know how to approach your care and will look for the best ways to help you relax. 

Dr. Barton will use sedation dentistry to help you relax and have a positive experience. 

There are various types of sedation, such as:

Laughing Gas

Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, will help you relax while remaining fully conscious. The effects of the sedative are very quick and you will start feeling them a few minutes after inhaling the gas through a mask. You will experience a euphoric sensation that will keep your nervous system relaxed. 

The effects of laughing gas wear off quickly and it has minimal side effects.

Oral Conscious Sedation 

With oral conscious sedation, Dr. Barton will give you a pill about one hour before the procedure. This type of sedation is stronger than laughing gas and it can make you feel a bit groggy and tired. Some patients even fall asleep during the procedure. 

It takes longer for the effects to wear off, so you will need someone to drive you home after your appointment. 

IV Sedation 

With this type of sedation, the anesthetic will be injected through an IV. Because it goes directly to your bloodstream, the effects are almost instant. 

Is Sedation Dentistry for Me? 

While sedation dentistry is generally safe, not everyone is a good candidate for it. That's why Dr. Barton will check your medical history first and evaluate your current health to make sure you can receive sedation. 

Are You Too Scared to Go to the Dentist? We Can Help! 

Dental anxiety can be debilitating, especially if you had a few negative experiences before. At Harmony Dentistry, we created an environment where our patients can feel safe and secure. We offer top-notch, comprehensive care in a welcoming and friendly office.

We also offer sedation dentistry to help you manage your anxiety and get the treatment you need. 

If you would like to learn more or discuss with Dr. Jessica Barton about your fears, contact us now to schedule an appointment. 

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