Many people in Florham Park suffer from something called dental anxiety. This means that they feel anxiety about going to the dentist. This can be due to a fear of the dentist, or from a bad past experience, they may have had at the dentist. Unfortunately, this dental anxiety prevents many people from seeking the dental care they need every year. As a result, teeth become infected and may even fall out because they are not cared for. There are also other reasons someone might avoid visiting the dentist. Perhaps they have a hard time sitting still or they are in a lot of pain and it makes it difficult to sit for a long period of time. Whatever the reason you may have to avoid the dentist, you should know that your visit can be a lot more comfortable throughout the help of sedation dentistry. Continue reading to find out why you should consider sedation dentistry for your next appointment at A Healthy Smile Dentistry.
Your Appointment Will Go By Faster
One of the top reasons to consider sedation dentistry in Florham Park is because it helps make your dentist appointment go by faster. Many patients come in and dread their appointment because appointments can sometimes run longer than an hour. With sedation dentistry options like nitrous oxide or oral sedation, you will feel relaxed which will help you feel more comfortable. As a result, this will help your appointment go by much faster! You might even drift off to sleep for a bit. Your appointment will also go by faster because you relaxation will help Dr. Gohard work faster and more efficiently. You won’t feel the need to stop her every minute to readjust or to voice your concerns. Sedation dentistry will help you feel relaxed enough to make your appointment go through in a breeze!
You Won’t Mind Procedures as Much
Many patients fear their dental procedures which is why they consider sedation dentistry in the first place. This fear can prevent them from seeking treatment when they need it, which can result in more severe problems and more intense dental procedures. The result: unfortunately you will need to have dental procedures done. The good: sedation dentistry will help you relax during your procedures, which will help you care less that you are having them done in the first place. This is important for patients who hate having any sort of treatment done. Whether you are visiting us for a dental cleaning or a full-on a root canal, sedation dentistry can help you feel relaxed and not mind having dental work done.
More than One Procedure Complete in One Sitting
A lot of patients who suffer from dental anxiety or find it hard to sit still during their procedures will usually stretch out all of their procedures over the course of several different appointments. This not only takes up extra time, but you will feel that anxiety for more than one day. It’s best to receive sedation dentistry so that Dr. Gohard can complete all of your procedures during the same visit. This saves you and her time; it prevents you from experiencing more dental anxiety than you want. The sedation dentistry will help you feel comfortable enough to sit in the chair for multiple hours, allowing all of the work you need to be done in one sitting.
Take Advantage of Preventive Dentistry
Most patients who deal with dental anxiety issues avoid all of their dental appointments at all cost until they begin suffering in pain from a problem that has been let go. In order to avoid problems from growing out of control, we recommend patients receive sedation dentistry in Florham Park to complete their bi-annual cleaning and dental exams. This allows Dr. Gohard to effectively clean your teeth and diagnose problems early on so they can be resolved before they become more serious. Preventive dentistry is the number one way to avoid the chair in the future. These simple visits to Dr. Gohard twice a year can prevent you from painful problems, expensive treatments, and lots of chair time. It only makes sense to use sedation dentistry twice a year for dental exams than to avoid the dentist altogether until you have a serious problem.
Your Perspective on Visiting the Dentist Will Change
There are a great number of patients who experienced bad visits to the dentist when they were younger or never got in the routine of going as a child and as a result, have a bad perception of dentistry and visiting the dentist. Once patients start visiting us while using sedation dentistry, they become more comfortable during the dental visits, and some may even not require sedation dentistry after some time. The sedation dentistry helps them feel relaxed during their procedures and once they see that the procedures aren’t as bad as they thought they would be, their anxiety or fear may subside.
Sedation dentistry helps patients have a positive experience at the dentist and helps them not avoid going in the future. It’s okay to have dental anxiety and to require sedation dentistry to feel comfortable at your visit. As long as we can help you feel comfortable and give you a positive experience, we have achieved our goal! Sedation dentistry helps us help you have a healthier smile and that is our main concern.
It Can Eliminate Your Gag Reflex
Some people actually avoid visiting the dentist because they have a very strong gag reflex. This means every time they visit the dentist and the dentist begins to work on the back teeth, the patient ends up gagging and potentially even throwing up. This can definitely prevent patients from wanting to visit the dentist. Luckily, sedation dentistry can help patients subside their gag reflex. This allows the dentist to work freely in the back of the mouth without causing the patient any discomfort. This allows the treatment to be performed faster and you won’t feel embarrassed by your high gag reflex.
It Helps You Sit Still
People may avoid visiting the dentist because they struggle to sit still. This is true for people who suffer from ADHD, ADD, mental disorders, or people who are in a lot of pain somewhere in their body. With sedation dentistry, you are slightly sedated enough to sit still. Fidgety patients will be completely relaxed allowing Dr. Gohard to go in and complete all of the necessary dental treatments without needing to stop to tell the patient to sit still or to take breaks. This makes the treatment go by faster and helps the patient feel relaxed the entire time. If treatments usually need to be broken up into multiple appointments because the patient can’t sit still, sedation dentistry can help this. Relax through your dental appointment with sedation dentistry,
Help Patients with Over Sensitive Teeth and Gums
There are some people who can’t dental with the sensations of dental care. This includes the use of the drill, the scraping of teeth or even the toothbrush during your polishing. They don’t have a physical problem; some people just can’t handle the feeling of dental instruments or procedures. With sedation dentistry, this oversensitivity to dental instruments and procedures is eliminated allowing Dr. Gohard to complete the procedures without causing you discomfort.
Helps Pain Sensitivity
Pain levels vary from person to person and the same is true with post dental treatment soreness and pain. If you are prone to experiencing significant pain or soreness when it comes to dental procedures, sedation dentistry may benefit you. Sedation dentistry not only helps you relax, but it reduces pain during the procedure. This means if Novocain is usually not enough pain relief for you, sedation dentistry will help take the edge off of the other pain you may feel. If you are visiting our Florham Park dentist for a procedure you are worried will cause you pain, be sure to ask our dentist about sedation dentistry to prepare for the procedure.
You Can Remain Awake
Most people don’t realize that sedation dentistry doesn’t completely sedate you, that is general anesthesia. That type of sedation dentistry is only used for serious dental surgeries like wisdom tooth extraction. We use oral sedation and nitrous oxide. These types of sedation dentistry only help you feel relaxed. You will most likely remember your whole procedure, although some patients tend to drift off to sleep. If you want to remain awake during your entire procedure, talk about your concerns with our dentist. Dr. Gohard will recommend the best form of sedation dentistry for you to help you feel as comfortable as possible.
Improve Your Quality of Life
It’s not fun feeling anxious or nervous about upcoming dental appointments days or weeks before your appointment. Once you experience the dentist with sedation dentistry, this is going to change. Your dental appointment shouldn’t take away from your quality of life. With sedation dentistry, you will find that your dental appointments are pain-free and relaxing. Before your appointment, you can remind yourself that the sedation dentistry will help you feel more relaxed and therefore more enjoyable than without it.
Have All Necessary Work Done
Many patients that visit our Florham Park dental office have avoided seeing the dentist in years and continue to avoid the dentist because of their fear. This can lead to serious dental problems building up over time, causing the need for several dental procedures to be done. With sedation dentistry, all of these procedures can be done in one sitting and provide the patient with an ease of mind that they only need to visit the dentist once. This means less time spent feeling anxious as there is only one appointment to prepare for. Once the appointment is over, the patient won’t need to return to their next dental cleaning. Hopefully, after their first use of sedation dentistry, they will feel less anxious about their upcoming appointments because they have sedation dentistry to help them through it.
Oral Conscious Sedation
One of the types of sedation dentistry we offer at our dental office is oral conscious sedation. This is a pill our patients take before their appointment and once they arrive, they are feeling completely relaxed and ready for their procedures. We recommend this type of sedation dentistry for patients who experience a lot of anxiety before their appointment. This is because the pill may start taking effect before they arrive at the office, making their trip from home to the dentist less stressful. Patients should arrange for a ride to and from their appointments. Oral conscious sedation prevents your ability to drive. Some patients even fall asleep during their procedure from its effects.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Another sedation dentistry option we have for patients to choose from is nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. This form of sedation dentistry is administered during your appointment with effects that make you feel very relaxed and reduce pain and sensitivity in your mouth. Dr. Gohard can adjust how much sedation is administered during your procedures. Therefore if the effects begin to wear off, she can give you more! Or if they are not strong enough or if you want them to be less prominent, she can adjust it accordingly. Nitrous Oxide will leave you more conscious than oral conscious sedation. This option is better for people who aren’t severely anxious about their dental visit.
Consider Sedation Dentistry for Your Next Appointment
If you read the above article and felt like you need to give sedation dentistry a try, make sure to contact us beforehand to express your concerns. We will make sure your appointment includes sedation dentistry to help you feel more relaxed and at ease with your procedures. Give our Florham Park dentist a call or fill out our online contact form and we will be in contact soon.