Sometimes people like to be scared.
This is one of the reasons the entertainment industry keeps making scary movies and amusement parks keep building bigger and faster rides.
But that is a different kind of fear than dental anxiety.
For millions of Americans, dental fear can be a barrier that prevents them from receiving the oral care that they need to keep their mouths as healthy as possible.
Our team at the office of Ira J. Moin, DDS, understands that coming to the dentist is more difficult for some people than others.
We also believe that we can help, no matter whether you have mild anxiety or severe dental fear. If you’ve avoided the dentist for years, we encourage you to call or stop by our office in Encino, CA, to see how we do dentistry differently. We see patients from Calabasas to Sherman Oaks and everywhere in between.
Managing Your Anxiety
We know there are people who will tell you that you should just get over your fear. You won’t hear that from our staff.
Instead, you will be spending time with people who want to listen to your concerns and your worries. We want to work with you to make your experience as pleasant as we can.
We have a small practice, but we believe this allows us to remain attentive to the needs of each patient who walks in our door for dental care.
We want you to feel comfortable and relaxed from the moment you arrive until you head home. In addition to free Wi-Fi, we also provide refreshments in our waiting room, and a television to take your mind off your treatment.
Your comfort remains a priority during your treatment as well. If you would like a pillow, a blanket, or both, just let us know. We are happy to provide them for you.
Another option we offer for patients who may be anxious is longer appointments. We don’t want you to feel like you are being rushed through your procedure, whether it’s a routine cleaning, a cosmetic service, or something else.
With our longer appointments, you can take a break at any time during your treatment.
The Next Level Of Comfort
We also know that some patients will need more than pillows and blankets to feel comfortable sitting in a dentist’s chair.
If you are one of those patients, we encourage you to learn more about our sedation dentistry.
You may be interested to know that dental sedation has been used for more than 150 years. Sedation dentistry is sometimes described as sleep dentistry because of its effects.
Here are few reasons you may want to try dental sedation:
- You will remain calm and comfortable under the effects of sedation.
- You will not feel any pain during sedation dentistry.
- You may not remember any of your treatment.
- You will not gag or choke during your treatment.
Your Dental Sedation Options
We provide two kinds of sedation dentistry in our office. Nitrous oxide gas and oral conscious sedation are both safe and effective.
We will explain how each works so you can decide if one might be better for you.
◆ Nitrous oxide
The website dentalfearcentral.com refers to this as “inhalation sedation.” You also may know nitrous oxide as “laughing gas.”
Using nitrous oxide is as simple as breathing. When you sit down in the chair, you will inhale the gas through a mask and start to feel its euphoric effects. You will continue breathing it throughout your treatment, and it will help you remain calm.
After your treatment is over, we turn the gas off. With a few breaths, you exhale any remaining gas, and you’ll be back to feeling like your normal self in minutes.
◆ Oral conscious sedation
For patients with higher levels of dental anxiety, oral conscious sedation may be a better option. Instead of a gas, you will take medication before your treatment begins.
We will wait for it to take effect before we begin. Most patients feel groggy or drowsy, and some do fall asleep.
You may not remember any of your treatment, and what you do remember may seem more like a dream.
If you do choose this kind of sedation dentistry, then you need to be aware that the effects of the medication can last for a few hours. For your safety, you will need a family member or friend to take you home when your treatment is complete.
One Step At A Time
Your anxiety may have prevented you from receiving dental care for years or even decades. We don’t expect your fears to vanish with a single visit to our office.
However, we are confident that you can learn to manage your dental anxiety one step at a time, and our team at the office of Ira J. Moin, DDS, is here to support you each step of the way.