Overcoming Anxiety With Gentle Dental Care
Dental anxiety affects many La Jolla people, including some Weston Spencer DDS – Conservative Comprehensive Dentistry patients. Today’s post discusses information regarding dental anxiety, and how we can help.
Long-Term Consequences of Dental Anxiety
- Patients suffering from dental anxiety don’t get routine exams or cleanings. Then, they worry about their smile appearance as well as the health consequences. So they are suffering from anxiety on two fronts – they know they should see a dentist (but are too anxious to call), and if they do schedule a visit, they don’t want to actually go.
- People with dental anxiety often delay treatment or dental care until they are in agony. At this point, the issue is usually advanced and requires extensive treatment.
How to Move Forward with Dental Anxiety
Schedule an appointment with our team at Weston Spencer DDS – Conservative Comprehensive Dentistry in La Jolla. During your consultation, we will address each of your specific fears and discuss them.
We have helped many patients manage their anxiety during dental exams and treatment. First off, we take things slowly and explain exactly what is going to happen before each procedure. If you are embarrassed about your lack of daily oral hygiene or dental cleanings in the past, rest assured that we have treated many people in a similar situation.
If the idea of sitting in a dentist chair undergoing any procedure sets you off into a cold sweat, then you just may be a good candidate for sedation dentistry. Here are types of sedation that we use at Weston Spencer DDS – Conservative Comprehensive Dentistry.
Minimal Sedation: Patients respond normally to verbal commands. Although cognitive function and coordination may be impaired, breathing is unaffected. This type of sedation is administered as inhaled laughing gas and oxygen.
Moderate Sedation: Patients respond purposefully to verbal commands, either alone or by light stimulation. No interventions are required to maintain breathing. This is also referred to as “Conscious Sedation.”
Whether you need an examination or a complex full mouth reconstruction, at Weston Spencer DDS – Conservative Comprehensive Dentistry we’ll get you smiling again. Don’t worry anymore about your dental anxiety. We can help.
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