Young and old, there are a lot of people out there who experience dental anxiety. Sometimes, even the mere thought of visiting the dentist can lead to feelings of panic or avoidance. Dental anxiety can stem from bad experiences in the past, fear of giving up control, or fear of physical pain.
We’ll readily admit that dental appointments can be difficult. It goes against basic human instincts to allow strangers to poke at your sensitive oral tissues with noisy metal tools. It’s not so odd when you think about it. Some people simply have a harder time ignoring those instincts.
At Creative Smiles, we want every patient to have a comfortable experience getting the care they need. For this reason, we employ several strategies to help our patients overcome their dental anxiety.
Are you looking for a sedation dentist Vancouver WA to help you or your loved one get the oral care you need? Dr. Carl Futenma caters to nervous and phobic patients with his calm, friendly approach and sedation qualifications.
Dental Anxiety? Let’s Talk
No matter what form your dental anxiety takes, Dr. Futenma will sit down with you and discuss your needs prior to treatment. Scheduling an anxiety meet-and-consult before your treatment will help you feel confident that this appointment will be different from the traumas you’ve endured in the past.
Common Dental Anxiety Situations
Dental anxiety can look different for every patient. Some patients have a hard time getting through the door, while other feel panicked during treatment.
Difficulty enduring chair-time?
Nitrous oxide gas has been used safely for more than a hundred years and helps dental patients avoid sensitivity and mental distress during appointments. The gas is administered with oxygen, through a nose mask, to induce analgesic (painkilling) and dissociative effects. When the nose mask is removed, the drug leaves the system quickly and patients can even drive themselves home.
Phobia of dental appointments?
Oral sedation comes in the form of a pill, which means patients can take the medication before the appointment. This helps patients feel more comfortable both prior to and during dental treatments. The medications used in oral sedation are the same types of anti-anxiety drugs frequently prescribed to nervous flyers and people who experience panic attacks, so you can guarantee they will have a notable impact.
Physical discomfort and anxiety at the prospect of a long appointment?
For patients with severe anxiety or multiple concerns, oral sedation and nitrous oxide gas can be combined for a more profoundly calming experience. These two techniques work so well that patients frequently fall asleep naturally during their appointments.
Dental anxiety, but you don’t want to take drugs?
Creative Smiles offers an innovative treatment called NuCalm to induce a more relaxed physical state without the use of sedatives. Safe, non-invasive brainwave stimulation and sensory deprivation work together to “take you away” as efficiently as some medications. Learn more about this treatment option by reading our January post on NuCalm.
Fear of needles and drills?
In our office, we use dental lasers to prepare a tooth for a filling or root canal therapy, instead of drills. This means less trauma, noise, and vibration during your filling and a reduced need for anesthetic injections. (Some deeper cavities will still require a shot of anesthetic, but many surface cavities can be treated without an injection.)
Do you need a sedation dentist Vancouver WA? Call Creative Smiles to make an appointment with a doctor and staff who understand your struggle and are on your side. Call our Vancouver, WA office at 360-574-3061 or contact us online to make an appointment.