You no longer have to postpone your visit to the dentist. If you suffer from dental anxiety, sedation dentistry is for you.
Dental anxiety is a common problem that causes many people to avoid seeing a dentist. Dentists like Leesburg’s Dr. Aman are aware of the widespread problem of dental anxiety, and they are combating it by offering sedation dentistry to their patients. The goal of sedation dentistry is to make patients feel as relaxed as possible during their office visits. Dentists like Dr. Aman who offer sedation dentistry understand that dental anxiety is a real problem that their patients cannot control by sheer will power. If you’ve ever been afraid to admit your dental fears because you think you will be lectured or even ignored by an unsympathetic dentist, you can be sure that a dentist who offers sedation dentistry understands the problem and is ready to help.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation options start with mild sedation and are available for most dental procedures. The mildest forms of sedation are oral and inhaled. Oral medication taken before a dental procedure will help you stay relaxed through your appointment. With mild sedation you may feel drowsy, but you will be conscious and aware. Most importantly, you will be calm and relaxed. This is a great option for people who are so nervous in a dentist’s chair that they cancel appointments or avoid making them in the first place. You can request mild sedation even for a routine checkup, and it can reduce your anxiety remarkably.
“I was so terrified of the dentist that even a checkup was out of the question. As the years went by, I knew I needed to get treatment. When I heard about sedation dentistry, I had hope. Thanks to Dr. Aman and his staff, my treatment went super well and I’ve even scheduled my next appointment.”
– Debra, Hamilton, VA
Debra had a few painful dentist visits as a young adult and wasn’t anxious to see a dentist again. “I didn’t see a dentist for decades because of those experiences. I just didn’t want to put myself through that again.”
When Debra’s daughter-in-law recommended Dr. Aman for sedation dentistry, Debra felt a spark of hope. “I talked to Dr. Aman on the phone before making an appointment. I just wanted to do a checkup, and the sedation process was easy and comfortable. I was even able to drive myself home after the appointment.”
After Debra’s exam, she felt comfortable scheduling an additional visit to get the treatment she needed for her smile. “I really loved working with Dr. Aman and hope that with his help, one day I won’t need sedation to feel good about getting dental care.”
The most common method of sedation in dentistry is inhaled sedation. Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, relaxes you and may make you feel drowsy. Nitrous oxide is an excellent method of sedation because it wears off quickly after your appointment is over. When you use nitrous oxide, you are able to drive yourself home after the appointment.
If fear of the dentist has ever stopped you from making or keeping dental appointments, call our office. You can talk to Dr. Aman about sedation dentistry options, and you may find that being relaxed for dental appointments is possible for you after all.