It’s common for us to hear from patients that they are not fans of coming to the dentist. According to the Cleveland Clinic, between 9% and 15% of Americans say they avoid visiting the dentist because of fear or anxiety about the experience. Dental phobia is real and ranges from just having mild anxiety about the procedure at hand, to patients who are panic-stricken and terribly fearful.
At Koplon Implant & Family Dentistry, we have several ways to help patients feel more comfortable and calm, as making patients feel at ease is our goal.
From the moment that our patients visit our office, we strive to make it a welcoming and safe-feeling environment. Our office is a registered historic home and we hope that because of that homeyness, our atmosphere feels different than other offices. Patient rooms are equipped with televisions, blankets, music, natural light/windows and other amenities to make each person feel at ease.
Inhalation Sedation with nitrous oxide
Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas,” can be used for patients who have mild anxiety about the procedure at hand. Laughing gas is inhaled by placing a comfortable rubber nose on the patient, and they can inhale the gas to achieve a relaxed and conscious state. While laughing gas helps make you feel at ease, it does not cloud your memory of the procedure and you can safely drive home after your visit.
Oral conscious sedation
We also offer sedation dentistry services for patients whose fear of the dentist is so extreme that it causes crippling anxiety. For these patients, delaying dental treatment can only cause more potential harm, so sedation dentistry is a fantastic way for them to get the care they need.
Sedation dentistry does not involve needles or IVs. Under our supervision, the patient orally takes a pill that helps put them in a deeply relaxed state. While the patient can respond to verbal cues and is conscious, they likely will remember little – if any – of their procedure. Our practice is certified in oral conscious sedation techniques and can care for you and your specific anxiety needs. The patient must have a friend or family member drive them home after the visit, as the medication may take several hours to wear off.
If you qualify as a patient who experiences anxiety, our team can help you determine an appropriate course of sedation dentistry that meets your needs. Give us a call so we can learn more about your situation and how we can help you: 205-699-2551.