Does the thought of seeing a dentist send shivers down your spine? Perhaps you wait until dental problems develop before reluctantly scheduling an appointment? If this strikes a chord with you, then there is a more comfortable solution, and which is to have sleep dentistry in Courtice.
Compassionate Dental Care in Comfortable Surroundings
If you are already a patient here at West Bowmanville Family Dental, then you will already know we always go that extra mile to help people feel comfortable and relaxed. When seeing anyone with dental anxieties, we will take the time to listen to their concerns to understand their concerns and to decide how best to help them. We always like to treat our patients as if they were family, but we know for some people this isn’t always enough. Dental fears and phobias are pretty common and can be tricky to overcome.
According to Stats Canada, approximately 40% of people feel some level of anxiety when seeing a dentist. A fear of the dentist can develop because of a bad experience in childhood, or phobias can even be passed down from parent to child. This is where sleep dentistry in Bowmanville can be enormously helpful in allowing you to receive dental care in a way that is very comfortable and anxiety-free.
Two Choices to Help You Relax
We can offer you two different types of sedation dentistry, depending on your level of anxiety. The first type is called oral conscious sedation and for this treatment, we will prescribe an oral sedative taken prior to your appointment. This will soon take effect so that by the time you sit in the dental chair you should be feeling much more relaxed. The effects of an oral sedative can be topped up with nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas and which will help to enhance the effects of the oral sedative. If you feel slightly more anxious or need a significant amount of treatment, we may suggest intravenous sedation.
Intravenous conscious sedation will help you feel deeply relaxed, so you may even feel quite sleepy during treatment. The sedative is given intravenously throughout your appointment and afterward, you will probably remember very little if anything about your treatment. It’s a great solution for anyone with deep-seated fears.
Keeping You Safe during Sedation Dentistry
As with all our treatments, your health and well-being is always our top priority. Before prescribing any form of sedation dentistry, we will always carefully assess your suitability. To do this we will need to know your medical history, just in case sedation dentistry could negatively impact any health issues or medications. You will be continually monitored throughout your treatment and for a short while afterward until we are sure it is safe for you to go home with a family member or trusted friend.
Helping You Overcome Fears and Anxieties
Another nice thing about receiving sedation dentistry is that it can help you overcome deep-seated fears and anxieties, replacing negative memories with positive experiences. When you have good oral health then it’s often quite straightforward to maintain it with good oral care at home combined with regular professional dental care. Our friendly dental team can work with you to help you maintain optimal dental health so that when you come to see us you may only require a checkup and clean. If you do need any treatment, then it’s likely to be less invasive and much quicker to complete than waiting until a dental problem develops.
If dental fears and anxieties have been holding you back from receiving essential dental care or from achieving the smile of your dreams, then please contact our Clarington dental office. We can help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.