You are not alone if you experience anxiety when visiting the dentist. Dental anxiety is estimated to affect approximately 36% of the population, with another 12% experiencing extreme dental fear. Fortunately, we have methods for combating anxiety and fear during dental appointments.
Sedation dentistry helps with dental anxiety, relaxing patients during exams and procedures. Whether your dentist is cleaning your teeth or filling a cavity, sedation dentistry options can make you more comfortable.
Can Sedation Options Help with Dental Phobia?
People may develop a dental phobia, also known as dentophobia, after a negative dental experience or as a result of childhood anxiety. Sedation dentistry is often the perfect choice for people with dental phobia.
Options for Sedation at Bonita Grande Dental
At Bonita Grande Dental, we offer nitrous oxide and oral sedation to our anxious patients.
Nitrous oxide is a mild sedative and our top choice when it comes to making patients more comfortable for a dental exam, cleaning, or simple procedure.
Nitrous oxide is an inhaled sedative that takes effect and wears off quickly, which means you won’t need to have transportation arrangements to get to and from the appointment safely. It’s a safe, effective sedation method that relaxes you almost instantly.
This sedation method will not put you to sleep. You will be aware and able to communicate with the dental team, but you should feel calm and happy.
For a deeper sedation experience, we offer oral sedation. With oral sedation, Dr. Gostigian prescribes a sedative in the form of a pill. You will take the sedative an hour before your appointment. That way, when you arrive for your appointment, you will feel calm and relaxed.
Oral sedation should not cause you to fall asleep, but you should stay anxiety-free throughout your dental experience. Many patients report having little to no memory of the visit or procedure with oral sedation, making it an ideal choice for people who have severe dental phobia.
Contact Us About Sedation Dentistry in Bonita Springs, FL!
In our friendly Bonita Springs dental office, we pride ourselves on providing comfortable dentistry. If you have dental anxiety, we will work with you to make your experience pleasant.
We strive to create a soothing environment for your dental care with amenities like heated massage chairs, pillows, blankets, entertainment, and more.