At Smiles Dental in Longview, Washington, we understand that our patients sometimes feel anxiety over their treatment. Dental anxiety is a fairly common phenomenon, and because we want our patients to have the best possible experience while they are with us, we are pleased to offer our patients sedation dentistry to alleviate their dental anxiety.
Dental anxiety is the anxiety many patients feel about going to see their dentist, and can occur for a variety of reasons, whether it is a fear of pain because of a prior negative experience, or from hearing others share their stories of a negative experience. This fear can also encompass a fear of injections and a fear of not being in control during the procedure, and feeling vulnerable or helpless.
We offer sedation dentistry to allow you to get the care you need while calming your anxiety and fears. At Smiles Dental in Longview, Washington, we offer nitrous oxide (commonly known as laughing gas) and oral sedation to help you feel safe, relaxed and comfortable during your treatment. With nitrous oxide, which is a type of inhaled minimal sedation, you breathe the gas in through a mask, allowing you to relax deeply. You can also drive yourself home after the procedure is over. With oral sedation, you take a pill before the procedure to calm you. Some people feel groggy with this kind of sedation so you will want to bring someone with you to drive you to your appointment and take you home afterwards.
Don’t let dental anxiety prevent you from receiving the care you need. At Smiles Dental in Longview, Washington we want to give you the quality care you deserve. To schedule your next visit with one of our dentists, please call our team at 360.200.6995 today. Dr. Jared Doman, Dr. Derrik Stark, Dr. Burke Jardine, and Dr. Nicholas Andros are here to help you have your best dental experience yet.