Solutions for Overcoming Dental Anxiety and Fear

Dental Anxiety/Fear are Not Uncommon

NOVA Dental Anesthesia can help you get the care you need.

In fact, some studies show that up to 75% of Americans experience some level of dental related fear and 20% avoid dental care because of it. If you have a fear of dental work, we want you to know that making you feel comfortable and safe at our office is our first priority.

Read our latest blog post on “Options for Dental Anxiety and Fear“.

Dental Anxiety vs. Dental Phobia

Dental anxieties and phobias present themselves in a wide variety of ways, and specific fears vary from person to person. Dental anxiety may be mild to moderate, and often takes the form of a general sense of worry and apprehension when thinking about an upcoming procedure. Dental phobia is a more intense experience, with patients feeling an overwhelming, irrational fear of dental work. This can sometimes cause them to avoid care all together.

We Can Help!

Whatever your individual level of anxiety may be, our office is committed to making sure that your visit is as comfortable, quick and easy as possible. There are many solutions for dental anxiety, and we are ready to help.

Different Sedation Options That Can Alleviate Your Anxiety and/or Fear:

Oral Sedatives

For some, the use of an oral sedative about an hour before the procedure can help with anxiety. While oral sedatives do not eliminate pain, they provide our patients with a sense of calm prior to the procedure. Local anesthesia is then used to numb the surgical site.

Nitrous Oxide—Laughing Gas

Commonly known as laughing gas,nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and administered through a breathing mask. This causes our patients to be conscious but relaxed during the procedure. Laughing gas provides some pain-relief but is not comprehensive. It is used in conjunction with local anesthesia for total pain control.

IV Sedation—Twilight Sedation

IV Sedation is very comfortable and doesn’t involve a lengthy recovery phase like General Anesthesia. (See below). With twilight sedation, our patients are awake—or drifting in and out of sleep—for the procedure but comfortable and calm and may have no memory of the surgery when it’s over. IV sedation is suitable for most dental procedures.

General Anesthesia

General Anesthesia has a longer recovery period than twilight sedation, requiring several hours for it to wear off. However, it is the preferred choice for some conditions that don’t otherwise allow for adequate anesthesia.

Oral health is important for the health of your whole body. Don’t let fear stand in your way of good dental care! We can help you get the care that you need. Call today to make an appointment.

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