You already know that part of maintaining healthy teeth is visiting the dentist twice a year, and we know that most of our patients follow that regimen. However, there are some patients who skip dental appointments due to high levels of anxiety. Avoiding dental visits can lead to further dental problems down the road. The best solution is to come see us as soon as possible.
If you suffer from fear of the dentist, you should first understand that we don’t judge. We will talk to you first and listen to your concerns, and then together we will figure out what the best course of action is to examine your teeth. One option we offer to our patients with dental anxiety is sedation dentistry.
Different Levels of Sedation
Dr. Whitmore is certified in sedation dental care, and can help determine what can be done for you when you need a dental check up or procedure, but are uncomfortable.
- Mild dental anxiety – If you are nervous about your treatment, we will explain exactly what your care entails and encourage communication at every step. We will offer a quiet atmosphere that can include a soft pillow and blanket, as well as quiet music. Adding these comforts can help most patients overcome their anxiety.
- Moderate dental anxiety – If you suffer a moderate level of anxiety, we may offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas). This will help you relax, reduce sensitivity, and does not take long to wear off after your treatment.
- Moderately severe dental anxiety – Dr. Whitmore may prescribe oral medication taken just before your treatment if your anxiety levels are high. Your heart, blood pressure and oxygen intake will be monitored by a trained member of our team. This is a good choice for patients who have not been to the dentist for a long time and need lengthy treatment. You will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment to make sure you are comfortable and recovering well.
- Severe dental anxiety – For patients with the highest levels of anxiety, an anesthesiologist will work with Dr. Whitmore and the team to administer intravenous medication. You will be in a sleep state and will not remember your experience. This is another good way to get years of dental treatments done in a single visit.
We encourage every person to go to their recommended regular dental visits. However, we understand that some people will need further encouragement and help when it comes to different phobias. No matter what your past experiences with dentists may be, we want you to be comfortable when you are in our office. If you want to discuss sedation dentistry options, feel free to ask us how we can work with you.
To find out 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.