Recent Advances for the Patient with Dental PhobiaDo you fear the dentist? If so, you should know you aren’t alone. Many people in the United States suffer from some level of dental anxiety. We understand, and there’s no need to feel embarrassed, ashamed, or uncomfortable in our care. We’re here to help you feel comfortable, and we have a handful of solutions selected to do that. The sedation dentistry pill is one of our most utilized solutions. While sedation dentistry is not a new concept, the options have broadened over the last few years. A patient who is comfortable and relaxed in the dental chair is our number one priority. That is why we are always staying on top of the newest advances in dental protocol, procedures, and technology. Here at Lincoln Family Dentistry, we want to make sure you feel comfortable, and we also want to make sure you’re healthy. Although we want to help you with your health, we’ll never lecture you or make you feel bad. No matter how long it’s been since you’ve seen a dentist, we’re happy to see you! With our sedation dentistry program, we’re confident we can help you overcome your anxiety.
The Dangers of Dental AnxietyWhile we’re happy to have you, we also want to express the potential problem with dental anxiety. We know it can be scary to see the dentist, but avoiding the dentist can be even scarier in the long run. Avoiding dental visits can result in serious decay and infection in a person’s mouth. This ultimately results in a huge loss to a person’s overall health. Because everything we eat passes through our mouth, the bacteria that results in avoiding the dentist also enters our bodies. This causes inflammation to a person’s organs, which makes them run on overdrive.
Oral Sedation Dentistry Pill at Our OfficeWe use a newer drug called Triazolam for our sedation dentistry. Triazolam, taken in a small dose, has been proven to help patients relax through their dental treatment. It’s sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry.” Not all patients actually sleep during the procedure. Some patients can stay awake and can respond to us, but do not care what is happening, nor is it remembered. Triazolam is considered to be the safest drug on a market to use as a sedation dentistry pill. The sedation pill allows our patients to relax and rest while they receive needed dental treatment without fear or anxiety.
Other Amenities for Anxious PatientsLuckily for you, the sedation dentistry pill isn’t the only anxiety solution we offer. We also offer a handful of relaxation amenities built to help our patients feel comfortable and safe. We have pillows, blankets, headphones, TVs, and a handful of other things to offer. Additionally, our sister location offers an excellent experience with the Northstar Zen Room. The Zen Room uses aromatherapy and a comforting environment to keep patients comfortable. It was built with the anxious patient in mind, and we’re happy to refer you. Let your dentist know today if you’d like to check out the Zen Room, or give us a call at 402-467-1000 with any questions or requests.
A Note from Dr. Kelly O’HaraEven though we have gentle dentists, we understand that previous dental trauma can cause tremendous anxiety or dental phobia. It is because of this that we sought a sedation dentistry solution that would most benefit our patients and help tame those fears. As far as disadvantages are concerned, there is only one: as with almost any form of sedation dentistry, you will not be able to drive yourself to and from the procedure, and you will be restricted on your activities for the remainder of the day. Most of our patients report going home and sleeping much of the day, about four to five hours. This means taking off of work for the rest of the day after your procedure and just taking it easy at home.
Wishing you health and happiness,
Dr. Kelly O’Hara
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