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Sedation Helps with Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety can get in the way of oral health. Don't Let ItDo you reschedule, postpone, and ultimately cancel dental appointments, because you dislike visiting the dentist’s office? For many people, a negative experience in a dental office results in a natural desire to avoid future visits.

Others dislike having a dentist’s hands in their mouth, or relinquishing control to the dental team so that they can perform necessary procedures.

Still others find sitting in a dental chair with their mouths open physically uncomfortable; their back aches or their jaws tremble.

At Ft. Worth Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, Drs. Green, Leedy, and Lervick help patients overcome mental and physical stress by administering sedation dentistry to relieve dental anxiety.

Don’t allow fear to ruin your oral health, because oral health is closely related to overall health. Everyone needs to attend twice-yearly dental checkups and cleanings, and issues like tooth fractures, decay, and gum disease will not heal without professional treatment.

Types of Sedation for Dental Patients

We offer two types of sedation: laughing gas (nitrous oxide) and oral sedation (in pill form). Laughing gas is inhaled through a mask, and it makes the patient feel giddy. The mind is unable to process feelings of stress, dental anxiety, and pain while under the effects of nitrous oxide. The patient remains awake and able to communicate with our team members.

One major benefit of laughing gas is that the effects subside immediately once the gas is no longer being administered. You can drive, work, and continue with your normal daily activities following your appointment, if you opt for nitrous oxide.

If a patient does not respond as expected to nitrous oxide or needs a stronger sedative, we may recommend oral sedation. By taking a prescribed oral sedative prior to an appointment, a person with dental anxiety will feel super relaxed. Many people do not remember their dental appointment, or only recall a few moments, after an appointment with oral sedation.

Unlike using nitrous oxide, if we administer oral sedation, you’ll need a driver to and from our office. Plan to remain at home the remainder of the day, as the sedation wears off. You can return to normal daily activities after a good night’s rest.

Feel Confident with Us

All of our dentists have extensive training and years of experience caring for dental patients of all ages, from infants to senior citizens. Our doctors and staff respect dental anxiety, and we will listen to you and cater to your needs. It’s important to us that you know we appreciate the strength of mind required for some people to visit the dentist’s office. We will be here for you throughout your experience, cheering you on and helping you relax.

Our patients who avoided dental care for years felt embarrassed about their state of dental health, when they came to their first appointment. It is natural to feel embarrassed, but totally unnecessary. We admire your courage. Taking charge over your anxiety and putting your health first is something to be very proud of. We’re proud of you!

You’ll feel much better with a healthy mouth, strong teeth, and comfortable oral function. And if we address cosmetic concerns, you’ll feel confident in your new, attractive smile. After sedation dentistry, our patients with dental anxiety never regret their decision.

Let Us Help You

The first step is calling our office, then attending an appointment. If you’re uncomfortable coming alone, feel free to bring your spouse, parent, or friend. And if there is anything we can do to make you more comfortable don’t hesitate to ask. Located in Fort Worth, FWCFD is currently accepting new patients, and we can’t wait to see you smile!

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