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Although dental visits are routine for most people, it’s a different experience for a few. About one in ten adults have high anxiety or fear of going to the dentist and may avoid it altogether—even when they have an acute situation.
If you’re one of those with dental visit anxiety there’s good news—we may be able to help you relax and have a more positive experience. Here are 3 things you need to know about reducing your anxiety at the dental office.
It starts with the dentist. While every patient deserves a compassionate, understanding dentist, it’s especially so if you suffer from dental visit anxiety. Having someone who will listen to your concerns in a non-judgmental way is the first step toward feeling more comfortable in the dentist’s chair. It also takes a sensitive practitioner to work with you on the best strategy for relaxation.
Relaxation often begins before your visit. There are various degrees of sedation (which isn’t the same as anesthesia—those methods block pain) depending on your level of anxiety. If you experience mild to moderate nervousness, an oral sedative an hour or so before your appointment could take the edge off and help you relax. Oral sedatives are also mild enough for use with other forms of sedation like nitrous oxide gas, and with local anesthesia.
High anxiety may require deeper sedation. If your level of anxiety is greater, however, we may recommend IV sedation to induce a much more relaxed state. The sedation drugs are delivered directly into your blood stream through a small needle inserted into a vein. Although you’re not unconscious as with general anesthesia, we can place you into a “semi-awake” state of reduced anxiety. The drugs used may also have an amnesiac effect so you won’t remember details about the procedure. This can help reinforce positive feelings about your visit and help reduce future anxiety.
If you’re anxious about dental visits, make an appointment with us to discuss your concerns. We’re sure we can work out a strategy to reduce your anxiety so you can receive the dental care you need.
If you would like more information on sedation therapy, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “IV Sedation in Dentistry.”
If you have a fear of visiting the dentist find out how we can assuage those fears.
Having a phobia about the dentist may feel a bit embarrassing. Perhaps you’ve kept these fears hidden all your life; however, not getting the proper dental care you need could spell big trouble for your smile in the long run. We know that dental anxieties are real, which is why our Kapolei, HI, dentist Dr. Kern Agader is here to help make visiting the dentist a smoother experience.
Whether you need to get a routine teeth cleaning or you have to undergo more in-depth dental procedures, our Kapolei, HI, general dentist has just the thing to keep your fears in check. Sedation dentistry has been offering countless patients a way to relax in the dentist’s chair while also getting the treatments they need to maintain good oral health.
Getting sedation dentistry is actually quite simple. First, we will go through your medical history to ensure that it’s safe for you to undergo sedation dentistry. Once we have determined that you are a good candidate, we will determine the type and strength of medication we will use. The level of sedation that we decide upon will depend on several factors including your anxiety levels and the type of dental procedure you are getting.
You will take the oral medication right before your appointment. We may also decide whether more medication may be necessary once you make it to our office. Once the medication has taken full effect we will start the procedure. This sedation medication can make you drowsy and you may even cause you to fall asleep during your procedure.
Since this oral sedation medication is strong and the effects can last several hours it’s important that you have someone who can drive you home and care for you until the effects wear off. Not only will sedation dentistry help make your dental treatment so much more relaxing but it can also allow us to more efficiently provide the dental care you need in just one visit rather than spacing it out between multiple appointments.
Here at Dental Perfections, we believe everyone should get the dental care they deserve. We are proud to serve the Kapolei, Makakilo and Ewa Beach, HI, areas. If you want to find out whether sedation dentistry is the right choice for you call our office today to learn more.
Do you dread dental appointments? Fear of dental work isn't unusual and can often be traced back to unpleasant experiences as a child. Luckily, there's no need to put off dental work due to the fear, thanks to a variety of sedation options. Our dentist, Dr. Kern Agader in Kapolei, HI and serving the Makakilo and Ewa Beach, HI areas, discusses how sedation dentistry works.
A kindler, gentler approach
When you've had a painful experience in the past or the dental professionals you've encountered weren't sympathetic to your fears, it can be hard to force yourself to schedule a dental appointment. Although you know you need dental care, your fears may prevent you from keeping the appointment or making it from the waiting room to the treatment room.
Sedation dentistry was created to make dental exams and treatments much more comfortable for people who have dental phobias. Sedation eases your anxiety and fear, making it possible for you to tolerate dental visits. It also plays an important role in pain reduction, as anxiety can heighten pain.
Oral sedation is an excellent option if you find it difficult to even exit your car in the parking lot. You take the sedative 30 minutes to an hour before your appointment and are already calm and relaxed when you walk through the doors of our Ewa Beach area office. Because sedatives can make you drowsy, you'll need to make sure that you have transportation to and from your appointment, and will probably only have a hazy memory of your visit.
Interested in learning more about sedation dentistry? Call Dr. Kern Agader, your dentist in Kapolei, HI and serving the Makakilo and Ewa Beach, HI areas at (808) 674-8895.
Leave your dental fears at the door when you opt for sedation dentistry in Kapolei.
Does the thought of visiting the dentist leave you petrified? Have you cancelled on your Makakilo dentist Dr. Kern Agader because you are scared of a dental procedure? You aren’t alone. Millions of people also have serious dental anxieties. But this doesn’t mean you should neglect the health of your smile. Find out how sedation dentistry can help.
The next time you step into our dental office, you can breathe a bit easier, because your Kapolei dentist is going to make sure that this next procedure or treatment is stress-free. How do we do this? By making oral sedation available to our patients. Oral sedation is administered in the form of a pill, which we will prescribe about a half hour before your procedure. By the time we start your treatment, you will already feel the full effects of the medication. We use anxiolytics, or prescription anti-anxiety medications like Valium, to produce mild to more moderate sedation.
Who Should Consider Sedation Dentistry?
While sedation can certainly help a lot of nervous patients get the oral care they deserve without dealing with emotional stress, it isn’t right for everyone. Here are some ideal candidates for this line of treatment:
- Those who want to get a healthier smile but are fearful of the dentist
- Those who require multiple procedures in one sitting
- Those who have trouble sitting still
- Those with sensitive gag reflexes or neck problems
- Those with special needs
Find out why patients from Kapolei, Makakilo and Ewa Beach are turning to Dental Perfections to make their dental visits easier. Imagine a stress-free dental visit. Now that’s something to smile about!
Find out the truth about getting sedation dentistry in Ewa Beach.
If you’ve heard about sedation dentistry and are interested in whether it could help calm your dental fears, you may have also heard some misinformation floating around about sedation. Your Kapolei dentist dispels some of the popular myths surrounding sedation dentistry to help give you some peace of mind:
Myth #1: Sedation dentistry puts you to sleep.
Sedation dentistry is not general anesthesia; therefore, we don’t need an anesthesiologist to administer the medication and you won’t be asleep. If you’ve ever had surgery before then you’ve most likely had general anesthesia. Sedation dentistry is not the same. However, you will feel relaxed, calm and may even experience “twilight sleep”; however, you will still be able to hear and respond to everything around you. You may not be able to recall parts of your procedure after the fact, but you will be aware throughout your entire treatment.
Myth #2: Sedation dentistry is only for dental phobias.
While sedation dentistry in Ewa Beach can certainly be a breath of fresh air for someone who has a severe dental phobia or is just anxious about seeing the dentist, it can also be helpful for other patients as well including those with sensitive gag reflexes, those who have difficulties sitting in one position for long periods, those who are having multiple dental procedures at once, and those with special needs. Sedation dentistry can make dental visits easier for a variety of different patients.
Myth #3: Sedation dentistry is unsafe.
When using oral sedation, we will use a medication that falls under the category of an anxiolytic. This is better known as an anti-anxiety medication and its extremely safe for those with dental anxieties. Anti-anxiety medications have been used effectively for years and are proven safe for the proper patients. Always tell your Kapolei dentist about any medications you are taking and be open about your medical history.
Now that you know more about sedation dentistry in Kapolei, do you think this could be a great option for you? If so, call your Makakilo dentist today and let us know that you want sedation dentistry during your next visit. After all, we want you comfortable and relaxed while in our chair.