Image of a woman climbing a mountain. This is the perfect metaphor for dental anxiety.

Overcoming Dental Anxiety Can Feel Like Climbing a Mountain

In Family, Outdoor Dental Blog by Dr. Jay Patel1 Comment

The idea of undergoing some dental treatments shouldn’t overwhelm you reaching the top of a mountain, per se. Visiting your dentist shouldn’t never be as hard since it is your oral health that’s at stake. Your oral health influences your overall health and can impact your lifestyle. The bottom line, don’t let dental anxiety hold you back.

Statistics say that 75% of grownups fear dental visits to some degree, so you’re not alone. 10-15% of them fear the experience so much that they avoid it completely, but you should not let things go that far. Instead, you should look into sedation dentistry techniques your dentist offer.

What Does Sedation Dental Techniques Involve and How Will It Help You Overcome Your  Dental Anxiety?

When you think of visiting a dental clinic, you do not fear the place itself or the staff. You fear the pain you might experience and the idea that something could go wrong. Perhaps your last dentist visit didn’t go too well. Or perhaps you heard people complaining about being tortured by someone inexperienced. You should not let an unpleasant experience govern your life and jeopardize your dental and overall health. There is a simple solution to avoid dental pain and anxiety – sedation. You need to find a good dentist, schedule a consultation, and discuss your anxiety with them.
Depending on the complexity of the treatment you need and the severity of your anxiety, they will choose the best sedation technique for your case. The effects can range from a temporary sensation of relaxation and euphoria to a deep state of comfort, full pain control, and even short episodes of amnesia.

Sedation Dentistry Techniques in our Seton Dental Clinic

  •  Nitrous Oxide Sedation – Also known as “laughing gas”, involves delivering a combination of oxygen and nitrous oxide through a mask placed over the patient’s nose. It keeps the patient awake and responsive during the procedures, but induces a sensation of euphoria, reducing stress and discomfort. Its effect only last while the patient wears the mask.
  • Oral Sedation – It is delivered as pills that the patient needs to swallow or dissolve under their tongue. It reduces anxiety and discomfort significantly and may even prevent the patient from remembering parts of the dental procedure. The effects duration varies according to the medication and dosage used.
  • IV Sedation – As the name suggests, medication is administered intravenously, allowing the dentist full immediate control over dosage and delivery speed. It is used for severe anxiety cases, complicated, and painful procedures due to its high effectiveness.

Finding the Best Solution for Dental Anxiety

If you want a pleasant experience that will help you overcome your anxiety once and for all, find a dentist that can make you feel at ease, safe and comfortable.

For example, if you love nature, sports and outdoor experiences, you will enjoy your visit to Outdoor Dental in Seton. The practice is founded on promoting healthy and active lifestyles. Dr. Patel himself is an outdoor enthusiast. Ensuring your oral health is easy when you get to talk about the things you love with someone who shares your views and passions.

Do not miss the opportunity to

Meet and Greet with Dr. Patel and the Outdoor Dental Calgary staff! You can check out the environment, learn to control your anxiety before scheduling the actual dental treatment and find out more about sedation dentistry.