How do I know if my dentist practices Sedation Dentistry?

Do you experience dental anxiety? Does the thought of a dental cleaning or more complicated dental treatment make you break out in a cold sweat?  You are not alone.  In order to cope with dental anxiety, many seek an oral health care provider that offers sedation dentistry and other comfort measures to make the dental care experience as comfortable as possible.

So how can you find a dentist that offers sedation dentistry and other care members and is right for you?

Ask for recommendations: Chances are, you’re not the only one seeking to make dental cleanings and oral care a little more comfortable.  Check with friends and family to find out what kind of sedation options and care plans their oral health care providers offer.  Ask about laughing gas, oral sedation, IV sedation and other comfort care that can help reduce dental anxiety and make the oral health care experience as comfortable as possible.

Check their website: Many oral health care providers have extensive websites detailing the way they approach dental cleanings, the comfort measures they have in place for patients and a variety of other details.  Website often also feature a frequently asked questions section that can answer a lot of your queries and alleviate a lot of your concerns.  From procedures to billing practices to office hours, websites can answer a lot of your questions about the way an oral health care provider does business.

Check their social media: With slightly different information than a website can provide, your oral health care provider’s social media channels – if he or she has them – can be an additional source of information. In addition to highlighting tools used for treatment, comfort measure taken for patients and things like photos of the office and profiles of the health care providers, you may see customer reviews and other helpful information that may help you understand your dentist’s approach to sedation dentistry and other treatment options.

If all else fails pick up the phone: Cannot find what you’re looking for? Pick up the phone and call your dentist’s office.  The front desk staff that answers the phone are very used to answer questions about everything from office hours to billing questions to sedation dentistry offerings and more.  Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and ask any question, large or small.

Are you seeking a dentist that uses sedation dentistry and other tools that ensure patient comfort during the oral care process?  Many dentists use a tool called DentalVibe to eliminate the discomfort associated with dental injections.  DentalVibe uses light vibration to help block pain signals from the brain. When a patient is being prepared for a dental procedure that requires an oral injection, the DentalVibe tool is used to create a vibrating sensation in the gum area and tissues surrounding the injection site. Research has shown that when vibration and injection sensations are occurring simultaneously, the vibration feeling reaches the brain first and essentially blocks the feeling of the injection from being perceived by the brain. 

Many dentists use DentalVibe in conjunction with other comfort measures like laughing gas, oral sedation, comforting music and other coping strategies to help patients experience a stress free oral health care visit.

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