Many people are shocked by the percentage of adults with serious dental issues and just how many hesitate to visit a dentist due to long-standing anxiety. In fact, many patients admit they avoid visits until they absolutely must make them. This is due to a long list of reasons, and at the dentist office of James Schmidt, DDS in St. Louis, MO, patients can enjoy different kinds of sedation dentistry to help with any anxiety or fear.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
As a general dentist, Dr. Schmidt recognizes the importance of regular dental care. However, he also understands that many patients have anxiety that might make them hesitate to book a simple exam and cleaning. After all, many have fear of:
- Needles or dentistry equipment
- Loss of control
- Feeling embarrassed about poor oral health
- Fear of dentistry, and even dentists, in general
The good news is that through sedation dentistry, including IV sedation, our patients do not have anything to fear. We offer classic oral sedation that allows a patient to feel totally relaxed even as they arrive at the office. Some medications of this kind may even put a patient into such a deep state of relaxation that they may doze during treatment. There are other forms of sedation dentistry that can be delivered through an intravenous method, and these options can lead to “twilight” experiences. Though you are fully awake, you may feel you have dozed through treatment and are just awaking as the sedative wears off.
The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
If you suffer from any level of anxiety, we encourage you to consider discussing it with your general dentist the next time you visit our dental office. Though, there are obvious benefits such as experiencing no pain or upset, you can also have multiple treatments done in one visit and even begin to feel less nervous about future visits because sedation offers positive reinforcement.
Instead of recalling any fear or discomfort, you may begin to associate your time in our dental office with that soothing sense of relaxation and calm that is all due to your choice in sedation. In time, you may not even require sedation to have even a lengthy or complicate procedure. Naturally, if you do struggle with anxiety and need a long or potentially uncomfortable treatment, using sedation options is a sure-fire way of experiencing an entirely new experience, and to begin to see dentistry as an end to pain and upset, not the cause of it!
Remember too that anyone who really struggles with dental anxiety can even request sedation options for standard treatments like cleanings and checkups. We want our patients to have the healthiest teeth and gums possible, and if it means using methods to alleviate anxiety, we are happy to offer our expert advice and care.
Enjoy a Relaxing Visit to Our Dentist with Sedation Dentistry
Now that you know a bit more about sedation dentistry, it is time to talk with a dentist in St. Louis about the treatment. Get in touch with us today by calling 314-968-7979 or by visiting our contact page.