Dentist offices in Greensboro, NC, help patients overcome dental fears
Fear of the dentist is common among dental patients of all ages, from children who are anxious about the unfamiliar surroundings to adults who had a previous bad experience. Even if adults rationally understand that the dentist will be gentle and careful not to inflict pan, the fear can keep patients from picking up the phone to make an appointment for necessary dental treatment.
However, patients have several options to help overcome their fear and anxiety. From nitrous oxide to IV sedation, many forms of conscious sedation can help patients feel relaxed and calm during dental treatment. Each form of dental sedation has its own benefits, and deciding which option is best is determined through a conversation between the patient and the dentist.
Patients who have a mild fear or anxiety often find that nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, can help ease the anxiety enough to undergo regular checkups, restorative, or cosmetic dental procedures. Nitrous oxide is administered in the office by way of nasal tubes. The sedation works quickly to calm the patient. Once the patient is calm and relaxed, the dental team can get to work. Throughout the procedure, the patient remains awake and able to respond to questions or requests. Once the procedure is complete, the nitrous oxide is turned off, and the patient becomes alert. Because the drug leaves no lingering effects, patients can drive themselves to and from the dental appointment. For patients with greater apprehension or those who need to be more deeply sedated, oral medication or an IV may be recommended.
In addition to the benefit of being able to receive necessary dental treatment, patients can begin to replace bad memories and experiences with good ones. This leads to overall better comfort about dental treatment and a positive relationship with the dentist. If you have a fear of the dentist or are uncomfortable during dental treatment, call Dr. Steven Hatcher, a respected dentist in Greensboro, NC. He is committed to helping patients achieve happy and healthy smiles in a safe and comfortable manner. If you have questions about sedation dentistry, call our office today.