Dental anxiety is a leading cause of poor oral health and the impact it can have on your everyday quality of life. For anxious and fearful patients, maintaining a healthy and functional smile is challenging without the proper support of their dentist and the right tools for enabling them to feel relaxed and more confident in the dentist chair.
The dental team at Great Smile Dental welcomes and works with patients who have dental anxiety or experience stress when visiting the dentist. We take the time to discuss your concerns, your previous experiences at the dentist and your dental health goals. From patient education to dental sedation, we have a range of solutions for helping you move forward with restoring or maintaining your smile.
Fear and Anxiety: The Power of Information
For some patients, their dental fear and anxiety are rooted in a previous bad experience at the dentist or a fear of the unknown. We will take the time to explain all aspects of your dental care and answer your questions about how a treatment is performed. A clear and comprehensive understanding of what you can expect can often be a tremendous help in moving past an old experience or to relieve stress.
Our office strives for a compassionate, no-judgment approach to all patients. We recognize that the anxiety many patients are experiencing may be beyond their control and will work with them to find a solution so that they can relax during their visit. In some cases, this can make all the difference and provides an open flow of communication between doctor and patient.
Sedation Dentistry in Port St. Lucie
Dr. Schamback and the dental team of Great Smile Dental offer sedation options to allow patients to feel completely relaxed while responsive during treatment. Known as conscious sedation, this type of sedation does not “put you to sleep”, but will block pain and help you to feel stress-free. Your dentist will discuss your needs and medical history before offering sedation options.
- Oral sedation: your dentist at Great Smile Dental can prescribe an oral sedative, often to be taken at home prior to your appointment. Patients using oral sedation will need to arrange for an escort to and from their appointment and can expect to feel groggy until it wears off, several hours after in most cases.
- Nitrous oxide: known as “laughing gas”, nitrous oxide is inhaled via a tiny cannula placed beneath the nose. One of the benefits of this type of sedation is that it takes effect and wears off almost immediately. Most patients are able to drive themselves to and from our office.