dental phobia

Nashville Sedation Dentists Provide Care for Patients with Dental Phobia

Dr Devine Sedation Dentistry

dental phobiaServing Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN

It’s natural to feel afraid of going to the dentist. For many people that experience dental phobia, it either stems from a previous bad experience or from not knowing if or when they will unexpectedly experience pain. You’re not alone. Millions of people avoid going to the dentist because they are too afraid. Some individuals avoid going at all costs unless they are in such severe pain that they have no other choice. Unfortunately, avoiding the dentist will end up worsening one’s oral health. Today on the blog, learn how our Nashville sedation dentists provide care for patients with dental phobia.

Relaxation Techniques

There are certain relaxation techniques you could try to help calm yourself before and during your appointment. Perhaps popping some earbuds in and zoning out to your favorite music will help drown out any noises that invoke fear. Scheduling your appointment on a day or during a time that’s the least stressful for you is also recommended if you’re afraid of going to the dentist. Always remember to breathe slowly, and be sure to let your dentist know if you experience anxiety during your appointment. Aside from these relaxation techniques, our sedation dentists in Nashville have a few other ways to help you cope during your visit.

Laughing Gas

Commonly referred to as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a safe, mild sedative to help you relax during your appointment. It is generally safe for most healthy individuals, even for kids. Nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a mask that comfortably fits over your nose while you receive treatment. It provides a general feeling of relaxation but won’t knock you out or make you feel loopy for the rest of the day. In fact, its effects wear off almost immediately after the mask is removed and the patient breathes regular air again. Nitrous oxide is ideal for patients needing a little something to take the edge off but wants to drive themselves to and from their appointment and return to work or resume their routine for the remainder of the day.

There are a few pre-existing medication conditions that may preclude you from receiving nitrous oxide. However, most healthy individuals can safely receive laughing gas at our Nashville dentist office. Contact Devine Dentistry to see if you are a candidate for nitrous oxide.

IV Sedation

For patients that are really scared or that are facing a lengthy, in-depth appointment, IV sedation in Nashville might be a better option. It is fast-acting since the sedative is delivered directly to the bloodstream. IV sedation is controllable, meaning the precise strength can be used to meet your needs. Our trained doctor will monitor your vitals and ensure you receive a safe level of sedation during your appointment. And, IV sedation is most relaxing. However, patients opting for IV sedation must arrange for someone to drive them to and from their appointment and have that individual sit with them for the remainder of the day. Since you won’t be able to return to work or resume your usual activities afterward, we recommend that you plan ahead to make any childcare or pet care arrangements, as well as for any household duties that you may need done that day.

Sedation Dentists in Nashville, Belle Meade, and Green Hills

Advancements in dentistry already make receiving care much easier and with less pain than ever before. But if you struggle to conjure up the courage to see the dentist, even when you need care the most, consider exploring the options of sedation dentistry. Routine dental care is an essential part of maintaining your oral health. Whether you need routine or emergency dental care, ask Devine Dentistry about sedation dentistry when you call (615) 269-4209.