Serving Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN
You probably have heard of arachnophobia (fear of spiders) and claustrophobia (fear of confined spaces), but have you hard of dentophobia? A person with dentophobia suffers from a fear of going to the dentist, to the point that sometimes just mere thoughts of a dental visit can provoke feelings of anxiety, fear… even outright terror. Often, these fears may keep a person who suffers from dentophobia from seeking dental care—ironically magnifying the need for them to see the dentist because they develop oral health issues because of this neglect. Overcoming these fears is not easy, but dentophobia does not have to make you continue compromising your oral health. At Devine Dentistry, we can allow even our most fearful and anxious patients to take control of their oral health by offering sedation dentistry in Nashville.
We understand that patients with dentophobia have needs
Many people who are anxious or fearful about going to the dentist deal with feelings of shame about their condition. They may be hesitant to seek dental care, even if they know they need it, because of worries that the dentist or hygienist will chastise them about their neglectful behavior. This hesitancy only makes existing problems become worse, eventually having potential impacts on oral health, nutrition, overall health, and self-esteem.
At Devine Dentistry, we recognize that patients with dental anxiety in Nashville need to feel comfortable while at the dentist. For these patients, just showing up for a dental appointment is a major step out of their comfort zone. We will work slowly, making sure to take our time and accommodate the concerns of patients with dental anxiety and dentophobia. We also strive to maintain a judgment-free approach.
Sedation dentistry goes a long way in easing the concerns of an anxious or fearful patient
Sedation dentistry makes it possible for people who suffer from even a debilitating fear of dentists to receive the care they need. While there are different methods of sedation with some more powerful than others, all forms of sedation have a calming effect. Any feelings of anxiety or fear are eased. You remain awake and still can carry on conversations with those around you and can follow the instructions of your dentist, but your overall awareness of your surroundings is significantly diminished.
Devine Dentistry offers two types of sedation
Laughing gas, which also is known as nitrous oxide, is used commonly throughout dentistry as a means of sedation to calm anxious or fearful patients. The gas is mixed with oxygen and delivered through a mask that fits comfortably over the nose. Under the effects of nitrous oxide, you will remain awake, but you will feel a general sense of relaxation. Your comfort level will increase, making it easy for your dentist to provide the care you need.
Intravenous or IV sedation is more powerful because the sedative is delivered directly into your bloodstream. IV sedation acts fast and puts the patient in a deep state of relaxation. People with debilitating fear over going to the dentist may find IV sedation to be the best choice. This is because, many times, a person who undergoes IV sedation does not retain any memories of their dental procedure.
Sedation dentistry in Nashville
Feeling anxious or afraid of a dental visit is not the only reason to pursue sedation dentistry. Sedation also can be a great fit for anyone who has a pre-existing condition that makes it difficult to sit in the dental chair for lengthy procedures, or who finds it uncomfortable to keep their jaw open for an extended period of time. To find out more about the ways Devine Dentistry uses sedation dentistry to provide the highest level of comfortable care to patients in Nashville, please call (615) 269-4209 to schedule your consultation today.
Devine Dentistry is here to serve our patients in the areas of Belle Meade, Green Hills, and Nashville, TN.