Fear of the Dentist
Posted March 04, 2022.
If you are afraid of visiting the dentist, you are not alone. It is estimated that 145,000,000 Americans avoid going to a dentist, mostly out of fear or Odontophobia as it is called. We, at Simmons Dental, understand that not everyone is comfortable visiting the dentist. Unfortunately, avoiding seeing a dentist is much more than just an inconvenience. It prevents you from getting the care you need! And with the latest evidence linking dental disease to diabetes, heart attacks and stroke, avoiding the dentist could damage your health.
To help our anxious patients cope with this condition, we offer sedation dentistry. It is a safe, effective way to allow dental phobic people to receive dental care. Sedation relaxes you and puts you in a calm and easy state. You become less aware of what's going on around you. Because of this, complex dental procedures that would normally require multiple appointments can often be performed in fewer visits.
Oral Sedation is the most popular form of sedation in the United States and Canada because of its ease of use and avoidance of needles. Administration by a licensed, experienced dentist is both safe and effective. This sedation does not put you completely asleep; patients still breathe on their own (unlike general anesthesia) and respond to verbal commands. A local anesthetic is still used to prevent pain, but it is easily accepted once sedated. And things that would normally hurt don't.
Oral sedation is a combination of oral medication and laughing gas. The medication is usually taken the night before your appointment and then 1 hour before your dental appointment. An appointed driver must bring you to the appointment and drive you home.
We are currently offering an “Oral Sedation” special starting Nov. 1, 2015:- "50% off your first sedation”.
Our Doctors are experienced and licensed to perform oral sedation, and have been doing so for many years.
Please call us to set up an appointment or if you have any questions. We are here to help make your dental visits as comfortable as possible. We look forward to hearing from you (661) 947-3163.