What is Dental Anxiety?
Many people feel some apprehension about visiting the dentist. But some people will do anything to avoid a visit, including suffering from pain or an oral infection.
Over 30 million Americans avoid seeing the dentist because of anxiety or fear. Dental phobias can stem from a variety of reasons, like having a previous bad experience to feeling vulnerable.
Signs you may need a sedative may include:
- Feeling anxious upon arriving at the dentist’s office
- Feeling physically ill at the anticipation of your appointment
- Having trouble breathing while you’re in the dentist chair
If any of these sound familiar, you may be suffering from dental phobia or anxiety. Don’t let anxiety stop you from getting the dental care you need. Poor oral health can lead to serious health complications such as heart disease and lung infection.
Dr. Hobbs offers sedation dentistry during his dental implant procedures to help patients control their anxiety. Sedation dentistry is a safe option that allows our patients to face their fears and get through their procedure.
How Sedation Dentistry Can Help
For nervous patients, sedation dentistry can be used to alleviate stress and help patients remain calm during their visit.
We use sedation as a tool to help our patients manage their feelings of anxiety and fear. Sedation dentistry is effective for patients with sensitive teeth, a low pain tolerance, strong gag reflex, or are undergoing more extensive procedures.
Using sedation greatly reduces feelings of fear and anxiety for our patients. And with stronger forms of sedation, most patients come out of their procedure with little to no memory of the visit. Dr. Hobbs and his team will ensure that you feel safe and comfortable the entire time.
Our Supportive Environment
Many dentist offices are uninviting and weary, so our Longview office is personalized towards the well-being of our patients. Your comfort is what motivates us to create a more welcoming and supportive environment.
We strive to make our patients feel comfortable, especially for those feeling anxious and uneasy. If you’re feeling nervous at the start of your appointment, we’ll comfort you with simple breathing exercises. Our accommodating staff will go the extra mile to ensure you’re relaxed and able to receive the care you need.
Eliminate Anxiety with Dr. Hobbs
Contact our office by calling 903-371-0295 to learn about our sedation options or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hobbs. You can also leave us your information at the bottom of the page and we’ll get back to you. Don’t wait another day, conquer your dental anxiety today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I feel any pain with dental sedation?
Through the use of dental sedation and anesthesia, most patients won’t feel any pain during their dental implant procedure. Dr. Hobbs and our dental team do our best to mitigate any pain through our advanced dental techniques combined with the use of sedation. You may feel some sensations, such as pressure, but it’s greatly reduced and barely noticeable.
When it comes to patients undergoing sedation, many don’t remember much from their appointments. This is due to the relaxation that accompanies sedation.
How long does dental sedation take to wear off?
The time it takes for dental sedation to wear off varies from several minutes to several hours. The time it takes to wear off depends on the type of sedation that’s used. Nitrous oxide is a low-level type of sedation that will wear off quickly, whereas IV sedation and oral sedation can take longer to fully recover from.
If sedation is used for your appointment, it’s likely that you’ll need to have someone drive you home. We recommend choosing someone you trust, are comfortable with, and who can help you after treatment. You can opt for a ride-sharing service if necessary – as long as you’re not driving yourself under the influence of sedation.
What does conscious sedation feel like?
Conscious sedation can be compared to the feeling of being half-asleep – you’ll be extremely relaxed and feel like you could easily fall asleep, but you’ll never fully lose consciousness. While you’ll be awake, you’ll feel so relaxed that you won’t feel any pain and will hardly notice anything going on throughout the procedure.