Dental phobia is not unusual. If you are afraid of the dentist, you are one of the 75% of American who fell the same. Sadly, this keeps hundreds of women and men in the Richmond area from maintaining oral health with regular checkups, from seeking much-needed treatment when dental problems occur, and from enjoying the benefits of stunning smiles thanks to cosmetic dentistry. These individuals may feel alone in their anxieties, concerned that if expressed to others they'd be seen as silly or cowardly. At Richmond Smile Center, you aren't alone. Dr. Charles Martin applies deep empathy, gentle techniques, and safe sedation dentistry to help his patients overcome dental anxieties, fears and phobias.
Common dental fears
Dental phobias come in all varieties, ranging from a vague apprehension that makes it easy to put off scheduling a regular exam to a four alarm panic attack at the idea of having a damaged tooth restored. Dr. Martin takes your concerns seriously because he understands that they stem from experiences that are deeply rooted, such as:
- A previous bad event in the chair, possibly from a dentist with a rough touch or inadequate anesthesia.
- Clinical sights, smells, and sounds in the dental office.
- Fear of injections, numbing, not getting numb, or reaction to anesthetic.
- Fear of pain, or reaction to pain (flinching, yelling, or crying).
- Issues with lack of control in the situation.
- Personal closeness issues.
- Tendency to gag or choke easily.
- Embarrassment associated with neglecting your teeth and regular dental care.
How sedation dentistry can help
You've probably heard of valium, an FDA approved medication used since the 1960s for its calming effect. Sedation dentistry employs similar prescription drugs, administered in a safe, controlled manner. You simply take a pill the night before and another the morning of your appointment. You are awake throughout the visit, but very relaxed and unconcerned about treatment. You can speak, respond to verbal conversation, and move or use the restroom if you need to. You may feel groggy or doze off, so someone to drive you to and from the office is a requirement. Next morning you feel refreshed and probably have little recollection of the visit.
Oral conscious sedation is just one of the techniques that Dr. Martin uses to give patients peace of mind before, during, and after a dental appointment. In conjunction with a caring office atmosphere, Dr. Martin's gentle hand in administering treatment, and modern, pain free methods (drill free dentistry, laser technology, and electronic anesthesia), oral conscious sedation gets the dental health of fearful patients back on track quickly.
Your dental fears are real. So is your need for compassionate care that allows you to enjoy the benefits of a healthy, beautiful smile. Call Richmond Smile Center today at 804.417.7203 to talk with Dr. Martin about sedation dentistry.
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