If you suffer from dental anxiety, you are not alone. Over 40 percent of adults have stated they have some level of stress when visiting their dentist. This means that millions of people potentially go without dental treatment that they may need badly. For anyone who is concerned about sitting down in the examination chair, know that there is help for you in the form of sedation dentistry.
Your level of anxiety will determine what treatment is available to you. DR. Whitmore has advanced training to help patients who have every level of dental phobia. He treats mild to very acute stages of anxiety, and makes every effort to keep patients comfortable. In addition, sedation dentistry with Dr. Whitmore is very safe due to his training and precautions taken during treatment. Furthermore, sedation dentistry is very safe when treated by a dentist with training like Dr. Whitmore has.
Levels of Sedation Dentistry
Mild dental anxiety – Often the best method for treating mild anxiety is communication. Keeping an open dialogue going can help lessen stress and anxiety. If you simply need a calm, quiet room for your procedure, that can be provided
Moderate dental anxiety – For patients with moderate levels of anxiety or physical sensitivity, nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, can alleviate your stress. Nitrous oxide wears off quickly allowing you to continue with your daily schedule after your dental treatment
Moderately severe dental anxiety – if you suffer from this level of dental anxiety, Dr. Whitmore can prescribe oral medication to take prior to treatment. This medication will allow you to be completely relaxed and rest comfortably throughout your visit. Your vitals will be monitored during treatment. You will need someone to drive you to your appointment and back home after it is finished
Severe dental anxiety – Dr. Whitmore works with an anesthesiologist to administer IV medication to keep patients with the most severe cases of dental anxiety. You will be in a sleep state during your treatment and will not remember it after. Those who need multiple dental procedures may have them completed while under IV sedation.
Your safety is the number one priority no matter your level of anxiety. Dr. Whitmore will discuss every detail of your treatment, as well as other concerns, prior to scheduling your appointment.
If you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry, contact Janet or Rachel at Whitmore Dental to arrange a consultation by calling Whitmore Dental at 877-779-4486. We are conveniently located at 5932 West Parker Road, Suite 600, Plano, TX 75093.