Eliminate Dental Fear With Sedation Dentistry
Many patients feel anxious or fear when it comes to visiting the dentist. Sometimes, this causes patients to avoid regular dental visits, even if that means suffering through an oral infection or severe pain. We don’t want anyone’s oral health to suffer. That’s why Dr. Hobbs offers sedation dentistry, a way to put your mind at ease so you can achieve a beautiful, healthy smile for a lifetime.
As your Longview, TX dentist, Dr. Hobbs provides 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 procedures.
What Is Dental Anxiety?
Over 30 million Americans avoid seeing the dentist because of anxiety or fear. Dental anxiety, or fear of dentists, is a common phobia among people of all ages. There are a variety of ways dental phobias can form, such as a bad experience with dentists in the past. At DentaCare Dental, we’ll do everything we can to ensure you feel relaxed and comfortable during your time with us.
If you’re unsure whether or not sedation dentistry could benefit you, here are some signs that indicate you may need sedation:
- An anxious feeling upon arriving at the dentist’s office
- Feeling physically ill at the anticipation of your appointment
- Have trouble breathing while you’re in the dentist’s chair
If any of these sound familiar, you may be suffering from dental anxiety. Don’t let anxiety stop you from getting the dental care you need. Poor oral health can lead to further health complications such as heart disease and lung infection.
How Sedation Dentistry Can Help
For nervous patients, sedation dentistry can be used to alleviate stress and help them remain calm during their visits. Sedation dentistry can be effective for patients with:
- Sensitive teeth
- Low pain tolerance
- Strong gag reflex
- Undergoing more extensive procedures
Using sedation greatly reduces feelings of fear and anxiety. With stronger forms of sedation, most patients come out of their procedure with little to no memory of the procedure. Dr. Hobbs and our Longview team will ensure that you feel safe and comfortable the entire time.
Our Supportive Environment
Many dental offices are uninviting and weary, but 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, let us know and we’ll comfort you with simple breathing exercises. Our accommodating staff will go above and beyond to ensure you’re relaxed and able to receive the care you need.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I feel any pain with dental sedation?
Most patients won’t feel any pain during their dental implant procedure. Dr. Hobbs and our dental team always do our best to mitigate any pain through our advanced dental techniques combined with the use of dental sedation. You may feel some sensations, such as pressure, but it’s greatly reduced and barely noticeable.
How long does dental sedation take to wear off?
The time dental sedation takes to wear off will vary from several minutes to several hours depending on the type of sedation used:
- Nitrous oxide is a low-level type of sedative that wears off quickly
- IV sedation and oral sedation can take longer to fully recover from
If sedation is used, you’ll need someone to drive you home after the procedure. We recommend someone you trust, are comfortable with, and who can help you after the procedure.
Is oral sedation safe?
Yes, it’s safe. Dr. Hobbs will closely monitor you throughout the procedure and administer the level of sedation that is comfortable and right for you. You’ll be awake during the procedure but may not recall the events of the procedure afterward. It may also seem as if the procedure passed by quickly.
Can I eat before dental sedation?
It’s crucial you avoid eating and drinking at least six hours before your procedure. Though, Dr. Hobbs will recommend drinking plenty of water at least two hours before the procedure.
When you’re under sedation, your reflexes are suppressed. If you start to feel nauseous and have food or beverages in your stomach, there’s a huge chance you’ll face complications during your sedation.
Put Your Worries at Ease With Dr. Hobbs
Ready to put your dental fears behind you? With sedation dentistry, you’ll feel comfortable and relaxed while in the dental chair. Achieve your dream smile with the help of dental implants and sedation dentistry at DentaCare Dental. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hobbs, call our Longview office at (903)-371-0295. You can also fill out our online contact form and one of our exceptional team members will get back to you shortly.