How to Manage Dental Anxiety

dentist puts inhalation sedative mask on his patient. It has been determined that about 35 million Americans deal with some form of dental anxiety. This may be characterized by losing sleep the night before an appointment, feelings of discomfort or nervousness on the way to the dental office, or even calling to cancel and reschedule an appointment to delay the anxiety. At the practice of Drs. Siegelman and Currier, patients can address any dental phobias they may have and get necessary dental work completed while being calm and comfortable. This is because we understand dental phobias and can assist with various methods of sedation to put you at ease!

What sedation methods are available for patients with dental phobia?

Drs. Siegelman and Currier of New York, NY, educate patients on the various methods of sedation available, including:

  • Nitrous oxide. This gas, which is both odorless and colorless, is administered through the nose with a plastic mask. Almost immediately, it will relax patients and help them calm down before their dental work is completed. It is easily reversed with the administration of oxygen before patients leave the office.
  • Oral sedation. The use of a prescription pill for anxiety is another way to relieve patients of their dental phobia. For this type of sedation, patients will need to arrange for transportation to and from the practice for their treatments.
  • Intravenous and general anesthesia. Those with more severe anxieties or certain conditions such as PTSD and autism may benefit more from sleep dentistry which uses IV or general anesthesia. This provides a deep sleep for the patient, which allows our dental team to work quickly and complete the treatment faster while the patient rests in the dentist’s chair.

How do I learn more about dealing with dental phobias?

Our dentists work alongside patients to help them have a positive experience every time they visit the office. We are aware that many patients avoid their dentist because of their anxiety, and this can lead to a lifetime of dental and oral health problems. If you are interested in learning more about sedation dentistry and how it works, call our practice today at 212-974-8737 to request an appointment.

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