There are a lot of people in Phoenix that are every day heroes to the many people around them, but when it comes to going to the dentist, they appear to shed their superhero cape and instead become riddled with anxiety and fear. At Open Wide Dental, we understand this nervousness and have several options available to all patients seeking a pleasant dental experience.
You have more than one option when it comes to sedation dentistry, and the decision will be based on determining the level of sedation that’s right for you and the procedure that’s being performed. This means that you and your dentist will need to have a conversation where you can explain your past dental experiences and why you are fearful, and your dentist can fully explain the procedure that will be performed so you’ll know what to expect ahead of your appointment.
After this conversation, you and your dentist can explore which type of sedation is recommended since they can range from minimal sedation and deep sedation to general anesthesia which will place you in a state of complete unconsciousness.
Remember too, that you can always alter the level of sedation on the day of your procedure. That’s one of the advantages of using a doctor that is practiced in sedation dentistry since many patients don’t actually start to experience anxiety until the procedure has begun.
You’ll need to also remember that if you do elect sedation dentistry, you’ll have to bring someone with you to drive you home from the appointment or be prepared to call someone to drive you. For this reason, it’s highly recommended that if you believe there’s any chance that you may need to undergo sedation during your procedure that you communicate it with your dentist’s office in advance.
Once you’ve undergone a pain-free and anxiety-free experience at Open Wide Dental, you’ll be able to regain your hero status to those around you. In fact, we’ve found that many patients come to rely less and less on sedation dentistry over time. Call us today to learn more.