Procedures for Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Millions of Americans put off dental appointments because of dental fear and trauma. This fear is often a result of unpleasant past experiences with dentists. They seek to prevent the unpleasant experience from happening again by avoiding the dentist. They do so at the expense of their well-being, since they would rather endure dental discomfort rather than visit a clinic.

This kind of avoidance has dire consequences. It aggravates dental problems and causes related health issues because it delays treatment. Putting off dental appointments can lead to permanent tooth loss, abscesses, gum disease and pain. These necessitate more complex and painful dental procedures.

There are many ways to circumvent dental anxiety. Patients can look at their options when it comes to sedation dentistry.

Sedation dentistry is a practice wherein the Alpine dentist administers sedatives to the patient. This puts the patient in a state of deep relaxation. This calms them down prior to treatment, making it possible for them to overcome their anxiety through artificial means.

Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective practice. The type of sedative to be used depends on the severity of a person’s dental anxiety, as well as the nature of the procedure to be performed.

Simple and routine procedures like dental fillings or tooth extractions only require light sedatives. However, invasive and complex procedures such as dental implant surgery require IV sedation.

Sedation dentistry makes it easier for dentists to perform procedures faster and more efficiently. This is because they won’t have to deal with interruptions from the patients while the procedure is on-going. For more inquiries, contact (801) 756-4440.

I’m Afraid of the Dentist

Gentle Dental Care in Alpine and Highland

If you’re scared of the dentist, you’re not alone. Dental anxiety is a common problem that can range from simple uneasiness to fainting at the dental office. Then there are people who prefer to avoid discomfort altogether by never showing up at appointments. Your Alpine dentist understands how fear and anxiety can keep you from getting necessary dental care, so he designed our office to be a stress-free zone where every experience is pleasant.

Relaxing Office

Alpine Dental Care is an office like no other. Let your worries melt way in our comfortable waiting room with vaulted ceilings that keep claustrophobia at bay. Watch TV shows and movies (even in the treatment rooms) or listen to soothing music as you snuggle under warm blankets. We also have a special game room for children and an aviary where you can watch birds hatching.

DentalVibe Pain-Free Injections

Your dentist in Alpine uses DentalVibe, a painless injection system. The small pen-like device uses vibration to counter and block the sensation of pain from injections. No need for pills or drugs! Even if needles don’t bother you, DentalVibe helps local anesthetic spread more quickly and evenly.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Dr. Larsen provides nitrous oxide to help you reach a higher level of comfort. Nitrous oxide is a safe, colorless gas that is inhaled through a mask placed over your nose or mouth. Within seconds after inhalation, you will feel calm, relaxed and ready for treatment. You are conscious throughout the procedure and can be easily awakened if you do fall asleep. This sedation method is recommended for patients with mild to moderate anxiety.

Advanced Technology

Advanced technology means better patient experiences. At Alpine Dental Care, we have invested in the latest equipment and techniques for accurate diagnosis and painless procedures.

Learn how dentistry can be comfortable and pleasant. Schedule a consultation with your Alpine dentist today by calling 801-756-4440. You can also use our online form to make an appointment.