Experts estimate that between 9 and 20 percent of Americans avoid the dental due to dental anxiety. That means as many as 1 in 5 people are not getting the basic care they need to maintain their oral health.
We wish we could help every one of those patients with our dental sedation. For now, our dentist office is able to serve individuals and families in and around Lancaster, CA.
Tab A. Boyle, DDS, and our team will do everything we can to help you relax and feel calm and comfortable when you visit our office.
Schedule a consultation if you would like to learn more about our sedation dentistry. Then, you can decide if you would like to make an appointment for a dental cleaning.
Understanding Your Dental Anxiety
If nothing else, we hope you realize two things. First, it’s OK that you feel anxious about visiting the dentist. Many people share those feelings with you.
Second, Dr. Boyle and our staff want to help you ease your way back into the dentist’s chair.
One thing you can do to help yourself is to take a close look at the causes of your dental anxiety. One way you can do that is by answering the questions on Dr. Corah’s questionnaire.
This can help you identify the reasons you may feel anxious about dental care. It also can help you determine if you have mild, moderate, or severe anxiety.
Knowing those things will help you and Dr. Boyle during your initial conversation. It also can help us determine the best way to alleviate your dental anxiety.
You may be worried about pain. You may have a fear of needles. You may be bothered by the sounds of dental equipment being moved around.
Our staff has ways to help you address all of those concerns.
Call 661-524-8457 if you would like to schedule a consultation to learn how.
Dental Sedation For Dental Anxiety
Sedation dentistry can certainly help you receive the dental care that you need.
In most cases, nitrous oxide (also known as “laughing gas”) is a convenient and comfortable solution. Believe it or not, people have known about the effects of laughing gas since the late 1700s. By the mid-1800s, many dentists and physicians were using nitrous oxide as part of their treatments.
You won’t feel any pain and you often won’t remember any of your procedure while you are breathing nitrous oxide. The gas is fast-acting, and it wears off quickly as well.
For many patients, inhaling the gas allows them to relax so our dental professionals can complete dental cleanings and other procedures.
Nitrous oxide works for most patients in most situations, but nothing works for everyone. We also can offer IV sedation for patients who are undergoing more complicated and extensive procedures.
IV sedation is more complicated since it can only be administered by someone who has been trained and licensed to do so. When needed, we will bring a specialist to provide this service.
Dr. Boyle knows and understands how effective dental sedation can be. It has allowed us to help countless patients over the years.
Contact us if you would like to find out if it could help you get the dental that you deserve, too.
Dealing With Dental Anxiety Without Dental Sedation
Sedation dentistry has proven itself to be tremendously beneficial for many people.
We’ve also seen that dental sedation can help patients take that first step back into the dentist office. With time, some even reach a point where sedation is no longer needed. As they become more comfortable and more familiar with our staff, their dental anxiety fades away.
We do have others ways of addressing dental anxiety for patients who no longer want sedation or patients who prefer to not use sedation at all.
You might be surprised to learn how effective a blanket can be in helping someone feel more relaxed. Our televisions can provide a distraction from your dental care. We also have headphones so you can listen to music instead of the sound of our equipment.
A Consultation Is The First Step Toward Managing Your Dental Anxiety
Dr. Boyle wants to find the right solution for you. Learning more about our dental sedation, our comfort options, the technology we use in our office, and our approach to dental care could make it a little easier to come back to the dentist office.