At Newman Springs Dental Care in Lincroft, NJ, we understand dental anxiety and fear. We do everything within our considerable ability to give every patient a stress-free experience.
Let’s take a quick look at dental anxiety and fear.
What Causes Dental Anxiety and Fear?
Let’s face it – no one wants to be afraid of having dental work done. But it’s a reality for many, many people. By some estimates, more than 130 million people in the United States have some level of dental anxiety or fear. For those people, and for anyone who may need a longer procedure, oral sedation is the key to a stress-free experience.
Even simple and reasonably quick procedures can cause a pounding heart, sweaty palms, and the desire to run right out of the dental practice. For too many people, dental anxiety and fear can lead them to avoid dental care altogether. That can cause major dental problems over time.
Without going too deep into the emotional and psychological aspects of anxiety and fear, it’s fair to say that most people have problems at the dentist because of something they’ve learned. It may be that they had a very unpleasant dental experience before. Or it might be that they’ve heard horror stories (justified or not) from other people.
Regardless, being afraid of the dentist is a widespread and serious issue.
Newman Springs Dental Care WILL Help
All of our caring professionals in our Lincroft, NJ office treat dental anxiety and fear as a legitimate condition that requires treatment. We’re proud to offer three levels of dental sedation to meet the needs of all our patients.
- Nitrous oxide: you might have heard of “laughing gas.” That’s nitrous oxide, and it earned that nickname because it causes some people to feel giddy and laugh when inhaling it. Nitrous oxide is mixture of nitrous oxide gas and oxygen that will quickly help you feel calm and relaxed. And maybe make you a little giddy. Can you imagine laughing during a dental appointment? It happens. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off almost immediately once the flow of gas is stopped. You should be fine to drive afterward.
- Oral conscious sedation: This is just what it sounds like. We provide a prescription for a medication that you take by mouth before your appointment. Oral conscious sedation generally provides an even deeper sense of calm. Some people even fall asleep in the dental chair, although that’s not guaranteed. Since the medication will affect your ability to drive safely, you’ll need another person to drive you to and from your appointment,
- IV sedation: This is the strongest form of dental sedation that we offer. Medication is introduced through your bloodstream and takes effect almost immediately. We can easily adjust the level of sedation at any time. It’s quite common for people to fall into a light sleep, although they can still respond to questions and follow simple directions. A driver is a must for people undergoing this level of sedation.
Your well-being is our primary concern, and we’ll carefully monitor you during your treatment.
Other Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
There are additional advantages to sedation dentistry that most people never think of. For instance, gagging is a real concern for many people. When you’re undergoing sedation dentistry as part of your procedure, gagging is much easier to control and may even be eliminated. With less need for breaks – whether because of gagging or just needing minute to relax – our procedure can be completed more quickly.
And depending on the level of dental sedation, you might have little or no memory of the entire appointment!
Don’t Let Dental Anxiety and Fear Keep You From The Care You Need
Are you one of the many, many people who are uncomfortable (or downright terrified) with the idea of having dental care? Sedation dentistry from Newman Springs Dental Care in Lincroft, NJ can give you your most relaxed and comfortable dental appointment ever!
We take great care to provide a caring, concerned environment that will help you feel at ease as soon as you enter our practice. Discover just how easy and even enjoyable dental care can be! Schedule an appointment by calling us at 732-352-3903. Or you can use our convenient online form.
All of us at Newman Springs Dental Care in Lincroft, NJ look forward to showing you just how easy and relaxed dentistry can be.