At We Care Dental Care, we often work with patients who aren’t the biggest fans of dentistry. Whether it’s a child or an adult, dental anxiety can prevent everyone from getting access to even basic care.
If you or your child has dental anxiety, check out this short blog post to discover how we do our part to make everyone feel more calm and relaxed while we restore their oral health.
We Care Dental Care’s Dental Anxiety 4-Step Plan
We have four major components in our efforts to reduce your dental anxiety:
- Friendly and warm team: We understand that just walking through our door or giving us a call can be daunting if you suffer from dental anxiety. That’s why the entire team at We Care Dental Care will always greet you with a warm smile and friendly demeanor to help you feel more at ease with us from your first interaction.
- Patient education: Dental anxiety can be made much worse when you don’t understand what your dental treatment involves. But Dr. Benjamin Burkitt will walk you through your treatment and provide several at-home tips to care for your smile. You’ll be able to make informed decisions about your oral health and genuinely understand what’s involved.
- Local anesthesia: Many patients are afraid of the dentist because they fear the pain that might come with dental work. We agree that restoring your oral health shouldn’t cause more discomfort, which is why we use local anesthesia to numb the mouth and help patients feel comfortable while getting treated.
- Sedation dentistry: A friendly face can only go so far when you’re suffering from dental anxiety. That’s why we offer sedation dentistry options to help those experiencing high levels of fear stay calm and relaxed during their appointment.
How Does Sedation Dentistry Work?
We offer two types of dental sedation:
- Laughing gas is also known as nitrous oxide. This is a mild sedative inhaled throughout your appointment. You’ll remain awake but feel more relaxed and even slightly giggly.
- Oral conscious: These are medications taken shortly before your appointment. They provide a stronger sedative effect than nitrous oxide, so they're the perfect choice for more complex dental work or people with severe levels of anxiety.
Before recommending a type of sedation, Dr. Burkitt will take a look at your medical history and oral health needs to help you access the most appropriate form. This not only ensures you will successfully get through your appointment but also reduces any unwanted risks.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you want to experience a different type of oral care without pain or anxiety, Dr. Benjamin Burkitt is happy to explain your sedation options.
Get in touch with us today to request a consultation at We Care Dental Care or if you want to learn more about our dental anxiety-reducing methods.