Understanding Dental Anxiety
Dental anxieties and phobias are nothing to be embarrassed about. Millions of patients suffer from dental fears ranging from mild to extremely debilitating. Still, there is no reason that these fears should prevent you from receiving the dental care that is so important to your health.
Your sedation dentist in Chicago Loop as well as the entire dental clinic staff has taken the time to learn more about the causes and effects of dental anxiety. By making the effort to better understand your concerns, the team is more prepared to bring down the barriers that have come between you and the quality dental care that you need.
During their rigorous oral surgery education, surgical residents spend a great deal of time concentrating on emergency medicine, pain management, and anesthesia. This course of study also includes countless hours of hospital-based, hands-on experience in the administration of various sedatives and medications.
This high level of training, the ability to properly monitor and respond to vital signs, and experience in general anesthesia and emergency medicine makes it possible for your oral surgeon to provide a full range of surgical procedures in the comfort of the dental office. In this setting, both your utmost comfort and your safety will be regarded as top priorities.
The form and amount of sedation that is best for you will be selected according to your overall health, your level of anxiety, and the complexity of the proposed procedure. There are several safe and effective sedative options that are suitable for both adults and children.
According to your oral surgeon’s recommendation, your sedative options may include: pre-appointment sedative medication, local anesthesia, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), intravenous light sedation, and/or general anesthesia. Each of these options, when administered under the supervision of a dual-degree oral and maxillofacial surgeon, has been proven to be safe, is generally well-tolerated by patients, and can produce a calm and soothing effect.
Your sedation dentist knows that overcoming dental phobias will involve more than the administration of prescription medications. By combining safe medications with gentle, compassionate care you can find relief from your fears.
Contact ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio to learn more about your anxiety-reducing alternatives today.