Our practice provides general, restorative, and cosmetic dental services to residents of and around Phoenix, Arizona. While many folks can visit our dental office without hesitation or fear, we know that some people in our community have trouble feeling relaxed and comfortable in dental and clinical settings. Our dentist, Dr. John Dovgan, understands that dental phobias and anxieties can greatly affect a patient’s experience during treatment as well as one’s overall wellbeing. In some instances, anxieties can be so severe that fearful patients will forego necessary dental treatment all together.
To help assuage the fears of patients with dental phobias, our team strives to provide a serene and comforting atmosphere and if needed, we can prescribe sedatives or administer nitrous oxide (laughing gas).
Administering nitrous oxide for its analgesic and sedative effects has been standard protocol in dentistry for over a century. This gas’ effects work and wear off quickly. Moreover, patients who receive nitrous oxide to calm their nerves can drive themselves home after their appointment. This option is ideal for patients with mild nervousness or those receiving short, routine treatments.
Oral Sedation is stronger than nitrous oxide and has longer lasting effects. The most common form of medication prescribed by our dentist comes from the benzodiazepine family of drugs. This family of medication is formulated specifically to stop the chemical reaction in the brain that produces panic, worry, and fear.
Most patients who are prescribed oral sedatives will feel calm and slightly groggy. They may even fall asleep during treatment. This medication is ideal for those with significant anxiety or dental phobias. Since this medication is powerful and long lasting, it will affect motor and cognitive function. Patients taking oral sedation must arrange for transportation to and from our practice with a friend or family member.
Sedation dentistry can help patients overcome their fears of clinical settings and dental treatment. Over time, medication may not be necessary as some patients establish a relationship with our dentist and staff. Our aim is to make all treatment comfortable and accessible to members of our community -including those with dental phobias and anxiety.
If you suffer with dental anxieties, ask about our comfort amenities and sedation options at your next appointment. Our staff will be happy to answer your questions and address your concerns.
Call us today to reserve a cleaning, checkup, or second opinion.