Are You Afraid of the Dentist?

July 31, 2018

Blonde young woman wearing a black shirt and watch covers her face with her hands because she is afraid of the dentist

Dental anxiety is a serious condition that affects the vast majority of adult Americans. While some of us just may feel butterflies in our stomachs at the idea of visiting the dentist, others may avoid going to the dentist altogether out of complete fear. It’s impossible to maintain optimal oral health without seeing the dentist, so what can you do to make visits more bearable?

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sometimes it’s just not enough to use various calming techniques before visiting the dentist. Some of us don’t like the feeling of losing control, especially of our ability to talk. Others may recall a particularly painful experience at the dentist’s office that they will never forget about. Fortunately, with sedation dentistry, you’ll feel deeply relaxed so that no treatment will faze you. At Heritage Dental, we’re proud to offer three different types of sedation dentistry, all with their own unique benefits.

1. Nitrous Oxide

Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a gas you inhale just before your treatment begins. Although you’ll be conscious during your procedure, you won’t feel a thing. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly after treatment, so you won’t feel groggy after your procedure.

2. Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation helps you feel sleepy and at ease during your procedure. Unlike nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation is delivered through a prescription pill, which you will take an hour or so before your treatment. It does take a while for the effects of the medicine to wear off, so be sure to arrange a ride home for when you’re out of treatment.

3. The Wand

Not many people have heard of The Wand because not many practices offer it yet! We’re lucky to have one of the newest products in dental technology here at Heritage Dental. The Wand is a computer-controlled injection device that can deliver a steady flow of anesthesia during your procedure, so you don’t have to be fearful of painful numbing shots leading up to your treatment.

Our Team Will Help You Remain Calm!

Don’t let dental anxiety prevent you from preserving your oral health. Dental sedation is just what you need to maintain a beautiful smile without having to get nervous about visiting the dentist. Let our experienced team at Heritage Dental help you feel at ease during your next visit. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.