A fear of the dentist isn’t featured on this list of the top 100 phobias, but we would like to question their methodology. We know firsthand that many adults deal with anxiety or fear related to receiving dental work. Are your mental barriers preventing you from receiving the dental treatment you need? If so, you’re not alone. Your sedation dentist in Rocky Hill is prepared. Dr. Michalski offers relief with oral conscious sedation — because you really can relax in the dental chair.
How Sedation Dentistry Helps
We’ve seen the benefits sedation dentistry can have for nervous or fearful patients. Like one person in particular, who we’ll call Sarah. She’d always feared the dentist, most likely the result of a negative experience during childhood (one of the most common causes of dental anxiety). Due to her fear, Sarah put off visiting the dentist until she just couldn’t bear it any longer. She woke up one morning with an aching, throbbing tooth that needed immediate attention. Sarah talked to us about her fear — and we told her about sedation dentistry.
Oral conscious sedation works with the help of a medication you take about an hour before your appointment. It uses a commonly prescribed pill that reduces anxiety to make settling into the dental chair easier. You’ll need to plan for someone to drive you to and from your appointment, as its effects will have taken over by the time you’re walking into the dentist’s office. We may combine oral conscious sedation with local anesthesia to ensure you do not feel anything at the treatment site.
With the help of oral conscious sedation, Sarah eased her way through a successful root canal treatment and is now happy to be living without chronic dental pain. As she told us recently, she’s learned her lesson. Now that she knows about sedation dentistry, she’ll never put off visiting the dentist again. She’s not sure if she’ll even need it next time, though. Sarah, like most patients with a fear of the dentist, often do not require more than one treatment with sedation. Once they see there’s really nothing to fear from dental work, they can begin receiving care without sedation.
But sedation dentistry isn’t only for alleviating fear or anxiety. It is also highly effective in helping patients with mental or physical conditions which inhibit their ability to sit still for long periods of time. Children and adults with muscular dystrophy, chronic head or neck pain, autism, and other conditions can be greatly helped with the use of sedation dentistry.
Overcome Your Fear With Sedation Dentistry
You can join patients like Sarah in benefitting from comfortable dentistry. If you would like to be a little more relaxed during your next dental treatment, we want to help with sedation dentistry. It’s time to overcome your fear of the dentist — for the good of your oral and overall health. Contact your sedation dentist in 06067 to discuss your situation and schedule an appointment today!