Sedation Dentistry Involves a Variety of Options for Your Dental Anxiety

Does going to the dentist make you feel anxious? If you can’t sleep the night before a dental visit, you may be experiencing the effects of dental anxiety, and you are not alone. Dental anxiety is actually a common condition among people who sometimes even put off needed dental treatment because of fears.

At Gill Family Dentistry in Modesto, California our team certainly understands dental anxiety. Our goal is to help you feel comfortable during your treatment with us and have a positive dental experience to remember. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons people experience anxiety about seeing their dentist and see if you recognize yourself in these scenarios.

Self-consciousness: because you are sitting still while your dental specialist hovers over closely, this can make you feel both self-conscious and vulnerable and consequently, anxious.

Past experience: probably because patients may have had an uncomfortable dental experience in their past, they may associate these unpleasant memories with future dental treatments.

Loss of control: when you sit in the chair it is hard to sit still when you can’t see what is going on and you are nervous about what to expect next. This can certainly leave you feeling anxious.

Pain: having experienced an uncomfortable procedure in the past before modern advances in pain-free dentistry might also leave you fearful of future potentially unpleasant treatment.

Thankfully, Dr. Amandeep S Gill and our team in Modesto, California offer a variety of sedation options for our patients using sedative medication based on your needs and preferences. It starts with you letting us know you are anxious so that we can work with you to feel more in control, help you understand your procedure in advance, and allowing us to provide you with the best sedation option to maximize your comfort.

For more information, please call (209) 549-1721 to speak with one of our caring staff members. We look forward to helping you create positive dental experiences!

What is Dental Sedation?

Do you ever worry about visiting the dentist? While this is fairly normal, did you know that individuals with dental anxiety could even struggle with the idea of visiting their dentist? In fact, even the thought of visiting the dentist can cause anxiety or even a panic attack. Many patients with anxiety put off visiting the dentist, allowing any issues they have to become more serious. Fortunately, sedation dentistry can help overcome your anxiety.

Sedation can be used for a number of treatments, even for something as simple as a routine cleaning. Sedation is also important because it could help you avoid issues such as shaking, nausea, and even vomiting. We may also recommend sedation dentistry for patients with a sensitive gag reflex.

Naturally, there are different levels of sedation. For instance, we could recommend mild sedation. If you choose this type of sedation, you’ll just need to take a pill. This will help you relax, but won’t put you to sleep. Stronger forms of sedation may make you drowsy, but you’ll probably stay awake during your treatment. Laughing gas, commonly known as nitrous oxide, falls into this category. If you choose either of these categories, you’ll need someone to drive you home. Deeper forms of sedation are generally recommended for surgical procedures and are administered intravenously.

If you avoid visiting the dentist for any reason, you’ll be more likely to have tooth decay, gum disease, and premature tooth loss. If you’re interested in learning more about dental sedation, please don’t hesitate to contact Gill Family Dentistry by calling (209) 549-1721. Dr. [doctor_ name] and our team are eager to hear from you.

Relax During Treatment with Sedation Dentistry

When it’s time for your regular dental visit, do you start to get a feeling of intense anxiety about it? It’s something thousands of people around the world deal with, so it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Gill Family Dentistry offers sedation dentistry to assist our patients with their anxiety.

What is Dental Sedation?
Sedation dentistry is using medication to help patients relax during treatment. If can be an inhalant such as nitrous oxide, an oral sedative, or anesthesia administered through an IV. Depending on the treatment being performed and your preferences, we can adjust the level of sedation from relaxed but aware to nearly unconscious.

Who should get Sedation Dentistry?
Many people can benefit from sedation dentistry. Anyone who experiences anxiety for any reason can benefit, as well as anyone who has a low pain threshold, has trouble staying still in the dentist’s chair, has overly sensitive teeth, has a bad gag reflex, or needs extensive work done. Also, children can be given sedation if they are too scared of coming to our dentist or refuse to cooperate in the chair.

Sedation dentistry provides a fantastic opportunity for you to get the dental care you need without the anxiety you dread. To learn more, please contact Gill Family Dentistry in Modesto, California, to schedule a consultation with Dr. Amandeep S Gill.