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By Frederick Dental Group
September 12, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental anxiety  
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Dental anxiety is a common problem: it’s estimated that one in two Americans admits to some level of nervousness about seeing the dentist. On the extreme side of this statistic about 15% of the population even avoid or postpone dental care because of it. While comedy shows routinely make fun of people’s fear of the dentist, the consequences of not receiving needed dental care due to dental anxiety are no laughing matter.

Fortunately, visiting the dentist doesn’t have to be a nerve-wracking, butterflies-in-the-stomach experience. Here are 3 ways to make sure your next visit is more pleasant.

The right dentist. Dental care is more than technical—it’s also personal and relational. The most important element for reducing dental visit anxiety is a provider you’re comfortable with and that you trust. It’s especially important for high anxiety patients to find a dentist who also has compassion for how they feel and won’t judge them—instead, working with them to find just the right combination of techniques and possible medications that encourage relaxation.

Oral sedation. For many people nervous about dental visits the answer could be prescribed sedation medication taken an hour or so before their appointment. Typically a mild sedative, the dose is just enough to help them relax. It’s also often coupled with other methods like nitrous oxide or local anesthesia for a pain-free and unstressed experience.

IV sedation. For people with high levels of anxiety, it’s often beneficial to increase the level of sedation. One of the best ways to do this is with an intravenous flow of medication that will place a person in a deeper state of relaxation. Although this method requires careful vital sign monitoring during the procedure, it’s often the best way to calm patients with high anxiety so they can receive the dental care they need.

Working with your dentist, you can develop just the right mix of these and other methods for making your dental visits easier. No matter what your level of anxiety, you don’t have to avoid the dentist nor needed dental care.

If you would like more information on reducing anxiety during dental visits, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “IV Sedation in Dentistry.”

By Frederick Dental Group
October 02, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Going to the dentist can be nerve-racking. Some people even have a hard time thinking about going to the dentist and avoid it, which can sedation dentistrylead to the deterioration of oral and dental health. If you're someone who's afraid of the dentist or suffers from some sort of anxiety at the thought of visiting your doctor, then you should discover how your dentists, Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma, in Frederick, MD can help relieve your anxiety.

Methods of Sedation:

There are several methods of sedation used by your Fredrick dentists. If you feel sleep dentistry is something you should consider, then here are a few options to consider when meeting with your dentist to discuss sedation:

  • Oral sedation: Individuals who opt for oral sedation are given a combination of medications the night before and or the morning of the appointment based on the anxiety level of the patient. This will induce a state of relaxation and level of sleep and when the patient is relaxed the procedures the patient is scheduled for are performed. The patient can be sedated through the whole procedure and when they wake up, the dental treatment will already be over. Note that someone will have to drive you to and back from the dentist's office if this is your choice. This is a very common choice for those who are afraid to go to the dentist.
  • Nitrous oxide: Oxygen is mixed with the nitrous oxide and is inhaled by the patient through a mask that's put over their face. The sedative, also known as laughing gas, will not put you to sleep but can help you relax.

If you're interested in finding out more about sedation dentistry from your Fredrick, MD, dentists, Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma, then give them a call at (301) 624-1001. Both doctors are here to help you with your sedation dentistry inquiries.