Sedation Dentistry – Eliminating Dental Fear
People ask us all of the time what can be done for fearful patients who have avoided going to the dentist for years. Many patients in Northwest Indiana have a lot of urgent dental work that needs to be done, but they have a hard time working up the courage to see a dentist. Fortunately, our dental team has worked for years to create an atmosphere that makes getting dental treatment easier than ever.
If you have dental anxiety, you are definitely not alone in feeling this way. Millions of people feel a great deal of fear and anxiety concerning dental treatment. Additionally, embarrassment and shame have kept almost half of all Americans from seeking dental care for years, if not decades. Over the past decade, however, many Northwest Indiana dental patients have found that “dental phobia” should no longer be an issue after visiting our Valparaiso and Chesterton dental practices.
Relax & Get the Dental Care You Need
Smiles by Arnold & Associates provides many relaxing amenities, such as headphones, movies, nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), massage pads, aromatherapy, and paraffin hand treatments that help put our dental patients at ease. Sometimes not even these dental spa amenities are enough to completely alleviate fear.
Some fearful patients in Northwest Indiana prefer sedation dentistry. Using a very safe technique called oral conscious sedation, patients are able to relax and generally snooze through their appointment. One safe little pill taken one hour before their appointment allows our patients to relax, and eliminates their dental fear and anxiety.
Most patients drift in and out of sleep, feeling no discomfort, and having little to no memory of the procedures. Years of dental avoidance are erased in one easy appointment, without having to use general anesthesia. This often means that they begin chewing comfortably for the first time in years. Some Valparaiso and Chesterton patients smile with confidence for the first time after having cosmetic dentistry completed under sedation.
The benefits of having dental treatment completed while using oral conscious sedation are often life-changing for people who have put off enhancing their smiles due to dental fear and anxiety. Sedation dentistry is sometimes helpful for patients who aren’t fearful, but would like to be more comfortable during longer dental appointments.
Call Today to Schedule Your Consultation
If you live in Northwest Indiana and have procrastinated getting dental work completed due to fear or embarrassment, please call us at 219-926-5445 as soon as possible to avoid more serious problems. We will schedule a FREE consultation for you to get to know us, and to see if you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry. Come see us at our Valparaiso or Chesterton location today!