Millions of Americans cope with dental anxiety. The mere thought of going to the dentist for a checkup and cleaning sets their hearts racing. If you’re one of them, know that White & White in Midlothian VA always has your comfort and best interests in mind, and will work with you.
Some people are so anxious about seeing the dentist that they cancel appointments, or don’t even make them in the first place. Common reasons for this include the fear of pain, the fear of novocaine injections, and concerns about the side effects of anesthesia.
These are all legitimate concerns, especially from the patient’s point of view. The down side is that avoiding the dentist puts your dental health at risk.
Knowledge is power, so a good first step for anyone with dental anxiety is to talk to us about your concerns. Understanding what is involved in any procedure can go a long way to alleviating them.
For some, that isn’t enough. In that case, we provide sedation dentistry that can usually get anyone through an appointment. We have three different levels: nitrous oxide, commonly called laughing gas. Oral conscious sedation involves taking a sedative before your appointment. And IV sedation is administered intravenously. It won’t make you sleep, but will put you in a deeply relaxed state.
Nitrous oxide wears off quickly. For oral conscious sedation and IV sedation, though, you’ll need a ride home afterward.
The health of your teeth and gums is vital to your overall health, so it is essential to have a cleaning and checkup every six months. If you’re coping with dental anxiety, sedation dentistry may be the answer you’ve been looking for.
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