If you shudder at the thought of visiting a dental practice, you’re far from alone. Estimates vary, but it’s safe to say that at least tens of millions of people in this country experience some level of dental anxiety. For those who are afraid at the dentist, effective help is available from Dr. Mitchel Friedman at Newman Springs Dental Care in Lincroft, NJ.
Anxiety Is Normal
Anxiety is basically composed of two things: you don’t know what’s going to happen, and not knowing bothers you. That might sound too simple, but it’s accurate. Anxiety is actually a plus; being able to look ahead at what might happen is one of the things that has helped the human race survive. Being anxious about what might happen motivates us to take action.
A certain level of anxiety is still a plus today. Anxiety might tell you that it’s time to look for a new job because things aren’t going well at work. Or that you need to slow down because you might get a speeding ticket. Or that maybe you need to see a doctor about that weird pain.
When it comes to being afraid at the dentist, many people wonder whether:
- It’s going to hurt.
- They’re going to be shamed about the state of their mouths.
- They’ll feel trapped or helpless.
- They’ll be embarrassed by gagging or choking.
- They’ll hear that they need extensive dental work.
Those are all genuine concerns, and it’s understandable that many, many people put off needed dental care. Understandable, but unfortunate, because dental problems don’t get better on their own. They just become worse problems that take more time and are more expensive to address. Cavities get bigger and deeper. Gum disease progressed from mild to severe. Dental infections become horribly painful and may cost you one or more teeth.
People who are afraid at the dentist can get the professional dental care they need to have healthy teeth and gums and a great smile. It takes a combination of the right people and the right dentist, together with the means to help you relax.
You Don’t Have To Be Afraid At The Dentist
At Newman Springs Dental Care in Lincroft, NJ, our complete focus is on helping you have your healthiest mouth and most beautiful smile. We provide a totally patient-centered experience that emphasizes your comfort, both physically and emotionally, while you’re with us. You’ll find everyone in our office to be warm, caring, and friendly.
We realize that being surrounded by caring professionals isn’t enough to put everyone at ease who are afraid at the dentist. We’re proud to offer three levels of dental sedation that can take the edge off your anxiety, deeply relax you, or pretty much make you forget the whole thing!
Inhaled sedation is a mixture of oxygen and another gas that you breathe through a small mask. Inhaled sedation takes effect within seconds and causes you to feel mildly elated or even a little giddy. It’s a time-tested, safe, and effective solution for people who are somewhat afraid at the dentist and just need a little help to relax. The sedation wears off very quickly once the flow of gas is stopped, so you should be able to drive yourself to and from your appointment.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Dr. Mitchel Friedman will prescribe a sedative pill that you take at a predetermined time before your appointment. You’ll arrive at our Lincroft, NJ dental office already very relaxed and maybe a little sleepy. You will need someone to drive you; driving while sedated is a really bad idea, and the effects of the sedative linger for a while after your appointment.
This level of dental sedation causes a heavy dreamlike state. You can still respond to requests and answer questions, but you may not remember much (or anything) afterward. Again, you’ll definitely need a driver for this sedation option.
Regardless of which level of dental sedation you choose, we’ll monitor your health status carefully at every point. And in case you were wondering, Dr. Friedman is highly qualified to administer sedation. He’s one of the few general dentists in New Jersey who is certified to perform IV sedation, and obtaining that certification required extensive training. His many professional memberships include the New Jersey Dental Society of Anesthesia and the American Dental Society of Anesthesia.
Get The Dental Care You Need – Comfortably!
When you choose Newman Springs Dental Care in Lincroft, NJ to care for your dental needs, you’ll realize that you no longer need to be afraid at the dentist. In fact, you’ll be amazed at just how relaxed and comfortable a dental appointment can be.
We’re happy to work with you to ensure that you feel welcome, relaxed, and comfortable from the moment you enter our office. And we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have. Get started with Newman Springs Dental Care by calling 732-352-3903 for a consultation.