Anxiety Free Dental Visits Ann Arbor
Here at Embree Dentistry, your comfort is our number one priority. We will do anything we can to alleviate any concerns that you have about our procedures, and have many options to alleviate the anxiety that you or a loved one may experience when it comes to going to the dentist. We can assure you that you are in great and capable hands, but we understand that anxiety can come regardless. We can work with you to find a method that will best help calm your nerves when it comes to procedures and screenings. Give us a call for more information.
What Is Dental Anxiety?Dental anxiety can come from many different factors and can reach different severities as well. For example, while some might feel their heart race as they sit in the chair, others may have a panic attack thinking about the cleaning they should get. Many with dental anxiety or phobia put off their visits until they can’t do so anymore because the fear is so strong. This level of anxiety or phobia can influence other aspects of their life as well, including sleep patterns and stress management.
Dental anxiety differs for each person, but some common symptoms of dental fear and anxiety include:
What Can We Do?Dental anxiety can be handled in many different ways. Sometimes, coming in and discussing the upcoming procedure with us is enough to soothe your fears and allow you to come in at peace on the day of your appointment. Other times, more direct approaches should be taken, and most often this includes sedation dentistry techniques.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?Sedation dentistry is the use of sedatives to elicit a calm reaction from a patient. It comes with varying levels much like anxiety does. The most common types of sedation in dentistry are:
Local anesthesia is administered by injecting medication into tissue or by applying a medication topically to an area to eliminate sensation.
Minimal sedation is used most frequently in dentistry and usually involves taking medications orally. All bodily functions remain normal and the person is able to breathe on his or her own. The patient may respond normally to verbal commands and may experience some degree of amnesia about what happened during their dental appointment.
Benefits of Sedation DentistryPatients suffering from dental phobia are often hesitant to undergo long or complex dental procedures, as they aren’t sure whether they can withstand long periods of time in the dental chair. Sedation is also particularly effective when you need multiple procedures done, as it allows us to do more in one appointment rather than making several. It gives you the peace of mind that you are getting everything over with, and it allows us to work without conflict. When you are under sedation, it is also very difficult to feel the effects of time. While you may be under for quite some time, it only feels like a couple of moments.
Our team is expertly trained when it comes to helping you work through whatever feelings of unease you find that you have. Embree Dentistry understands that there is a lot more to getting work done than just showing up, going through with it, and getting on your way.