If you have ever had a traumatic experience at the dentist, you know how devastating it can be. It can make it all but impossible to pick up the phone when you need dental care, and it can lead to years of unintentional neglect. It’s important to understand that you are not alone. A 2008 study found that nearly one in two Americans suffers from some kind of dental anxiety. Dr. Susan Dennis knows how you feel. She is a fearful patient herself. And she knows that the promise of a respectful and gentle chairside manner and her 99 percent success rate in getting her patients numb sometimes just isn’t enough. That’s why she is a sedation dentist.
Dr. Dennis has treated many fearful patients. Her goal will be to help you overcome your fear so that you can enjoy the benefits of regular dental care. The first thing you should know is that you will be treated with the respect you deserve here. You will never be teased or lectured. We will make sure you feel welcome and comfortable, and we will do everything we can to help alleviate your fear. If you should need numbing, we can administer it without pain, and we will make sure you are numb before we begin any treatment. And in addition to all of this, we will offer you sedation.
Levels of Sedation
Dr. Dennis has found that two levels of sedation have helped her patients. Nitrous oxide can calm some patients very effectively, and it can help you relax so the novocaine takes effect faster and is stronger. It is a gas that you will breathe in through a nose mask. It takes effect almost immediately, and as soon as you stop breathing it, its effects also stop. This means that you’ll be able to drive as soon as you are done.
Sometimes patients need an anti-anxiety medication in order to feel relaxed and indifferent enough to receive treatment. If you would like, we will prescribe one of two different medications for you to take about a half-hour before your appointment. These medications produce a relaxed, detached state in which you’ll be fully awake and able to respond, but you won’t really care much about what is going on. And you’ll need someone to drive you to and from your appointment because you will be too relaxed to drive safely.
A Sedation Dentist Consultation
Sometimes coming in to meet with Dr. Dennis for a brief complimentary consultation can help more than an thousand words can. Feel free to call our office or fill out our request an appointment page. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and help you find the most convenient time for your visit.