Knowledge Is Power: Dental Anxiety in Midlothian VA

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.

Talk to us at White & White in Midlothian VA. We also provide general and family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Dental Anxiety Solutions in Midlothian VA

Some of our patients at White & White in Midlothian VA experience severe anxiety when undergoing dental treatment.They aren’t alone: far from it. As many as one of every four adult Americans cope with dental anxiety, to one degree or another.

It’s a serious matter, because it might keep you from seeing us every six months for a cleaning and checkup. We encourage brushing and flossing at home, but that alone isn’t enough.

The causes of dental anxiety are diverse: the fear of pain, a fear of injections, and the sense of loss of control are some of the more common. Whatever might be causing,though, we have several types of sedation dentistry that can get most dental anxiety patients through their appointment.

  • Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) has been used in dentistry for more than one hundred years. It may or may not make you laugh, but it will put you in a state of relaxation. Most many patients, it’s enough to overcome their anxiety.
  • Oral Conscious Sedation involves taking a sedative about an hour before the scheduled procedure. It acts quickly, is very effective, and has virtually no side effects. You won’t be asleep, but you won’t be aware of most of what’s going on. You’ll need a ride home when it’s over.
  • IV Sedation is administered intravenously. It won’t put you to sleep, either, but will make you very drowsy. As with oral conscious sedation, you’ll need someone to drive you home.

If you have avoided the dentist due to dental anxiety, sedation dentistry may be the answer you’ve been looking for. White & White, in Midlothian VA, also provides general and family dentistry, and is a mercury free practice.

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Keep Kids Smiling! Dental Health in Midlothian VA

Dentistry For Child White & White in Midlothian serves patients of all ages with general and family dentistry. Our relaxing staff takes special care of our youngest patients to make sure they are comfortable and safe.

We Pamper Our Youngest Patients

Being extra gentle with our young patients is important. We understand that going to the dentist can be a bit frightening for a child, so we make sure they are comfortable with their surroundings, and always invite mom or dad to join them in the examination room. We make sure they understand which procedures are required and answer their questions.

Children’s dentistry requires more than just comfort, however. Drs. Pranee White and John Han understand how children’s dentistry differs from the treatment for older patients. If you have questions about any of our procedures, please feel free to call and set up a consultation.

The American Dental Association counsels parents to bring their child to a dentist when their first tooth appears, usually around one year of age. By starting regular dental visits early, and teaching proper hygiene, we can help you reinforce essential oral care habits and lifestyle choices that will produce strong and healthy teeth that last a lifetime.

In addition to children’s dentistry, White & White offers:

We are currently accepting new patients of all ages. We look forward to meeting you and your child.

 

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

When Mommy Is Scared Of The Dentist

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If you are dreading some upcoming dental treatment, you may want to consider oral conscious sedation. First off, oral conscious sedation or sleep dentistry is perfectly safe. At White & White, we have been providing sedation since 2004. We offer different levels of sedation and a choice of medication including oral analgesics, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation.

When choosing a type of sedation, it is helpful to consider the type of anxiety (fear of immobility, fear of loss of control, fear of pain, etc), the specific procedure(s) you will undergo, the length of time necessary to complete the treatment, past experiences during treatment, and any complicating health troubles. Call 804-302-5592 to schedule a consultation with Drs. Pranee White and John Han to discuss your options.

Perhaps you have a dentist-wary child who needs treatment. For simple dental procedures, topical anesthetics are applied to the gums and other tissues reducing sensation. If your child requires more sedation, nitrous oxide and general anesthesia are both safe options.

Perhaps Mommy is the one who is anxious about her child undergoing dental work. Sorry–we can’t sedate you while your child is being treated–but you can take comfort in the fact that we take excellent care of our youngest patients. We make sure they are comfortable, relaxed, and understand exactly what is going to happen. Our team of child-friendly dental professionals have been putting children at ease since 2004.

Regular dental check-ups are essential for your child’s lifelong oral health, so it is important that your child has a positive experience during dental visits. If possible, don’t let your child know that you have dental anxiety. If he/she already knows, explain why your fears are unreasonable and why you are having treatment regardless of your anxiety. Show them how brave Mommy is because she wants healthy teeth.

We offers full-service dental care including porcelain veneers, wisdom teeth removal, and Six Month Smiles. Thanks for visiting our blog. Check back for more helpful dental specifics from White & White in Midlothian.

 

Contact White & White: 804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Worried About Dental Visits?

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“How can I manage anxiety about visiting the dentist?”

1. Consider what the anxiety stems from. For example: pain, injections, loss of control, personal space invasion, embarrassment about fear of the unknown.
2. Discuss these fears and concerns with your dentist.
3. Expect respectful consideration and open discussion about resolving fears.

Drs. Pranee White and John Han have been helping anxious patients relax and feel comfortable since 2004.

Fear of pain is a natural human response. Not knowing what the process will entail can be scary. Allowing White & White to professionally address your concerns today makes tomorrow’s visits easy for both parties.

We provide outstanding expertise in many areas of dentistry. Education, training, and certifications are important to our office conduct.

Please don’t let the unknown keep you from receiving the quality dental care that will ensure a healthy smile. We have answers for your dental questions.  You will appreciate your healthy, beautiful smile long after you forget the anxiety of the dental visit. Knowledge brings power to anyone afraid of dental care. Drs. Pranee White and John Han can educate and provide information valuable to you from your first visit onward.

Call us to set up an informative meeting at 804-302-5592 whether you have urgent troubles or simply need an exam and cleaning. Count on White & White to put you at ease.

 

Contact White & White: 804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Sedation Dentistry in Midlothian

Sedation Dentistry in Midlothian Picture the following scenario: You are stretched out in a chair at your Midlothian dentist office holding a remote as you try to tune into your favorite Virginia radio station. A woman clips a paper bib around your neck. Someone switches on a bright overhead light and you see latex-gloved hands moving toward your open mouth. You close your eyes.

As you read this, does your heart start to race? Are your palms sweaty?

If so, you may be a good candidate for sedation dentistry. Oral sedation benefits nervous dental patients in Midlothian every day. Moderate sedation is used for all types of dental procedures such as root canals, dental implants, and wisdom teeth removal. If you are considering extensive restorative or cosmetic dental work, conscious sedation may allow your Richmond dentist to complete multiple procedures in a single visit.

Don’t let fear prevent you from getting the dental treatment you need. Schedule a visit with Pranee White& Pranee White to learn about conscious sedation dentistry.

Pranee White& Pranee White DDS

White & White
https://www.relaxdental.com/
Gentle Dentists – Beautiful Results

Call us at: 804-302-5592