How Patients With PTSD Can Obtain Dental Care Without Fear or Anxiety

The girl is afraid of the dentist. Close up view At the practice of Dr. Louis Siegelman, we specialize in offering dentistry for patients with unique situations and conditions that may make it more difficult for them to get the care and attention they need for a healthy smile. Many of our patients who come in with mental health concerns such as PTSD may find themselves canceling appointments–or not making them at all–because of the level of anxiety they experience before and during their visit.

How can patients with PTSD obtain dental care without fear and anxiety?

Both Drs. Siegelman and Currier start by talking with patients about their dental anxiety. They ask their patients to explain the situations and experiences causing them fear or anxiety. These conversations help both of our dentists to better understand their patient’s needs, allowing them to create a plan that works best for each individual.

Using sedation dentistry to help alleviate pain, discomfort, and anxiety

One technique often used by our office is sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry involves using medications to help patients relax during their dental visits. This can be particularly helpful for those with mental health issues including post-traumatic stress disorder since the medications used in sedation dentistry provide deeper relaxation than what would typically be achieved through nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, alone. The type and amount of medication prescribed depends on the individual situation and condition of the patient.

Seize the opportunity to improve oral health and get the dental care you need at our New York, NY, area practice!

At our dental practice, we recognize that patients with PTSD can experience fear and anxiety when seeking dental care. Our facility and team strive to provide the highest quality of care while ensuring our patient’s safety and comfort at all times. If you or someone you love suffers from a post-traumatic stress disorder and needs a dental provider who can help them navigate through their fears and get the care they need, please contact us today to educate yourself further on how we can help. Call 212-974-8737 to connect with our New York, NY area team and get started on your journey to a healthier smile without anxiety!

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