What to Know: Dental Phobia and Sedation Options

What is Dental phobia?

  • If you fear to visit the dentist office, you are not alone. Between 9% and 20% of Americans avoid going to the dentist because of dental anxiety or fear. Indeed, it is a universal phenomenon.
  • Dental phobia is a more serious condition than anxiety. It leaves people feeling panic-stricken and terrified. People with dental phobia have an awareness that the fear is totally irrational, but are unable to do much about it. They exhibit classic avoidance behavior; that is, they will do everything possible to avoid going to the dentist. People with dental phobia usually go to the dentist only when forced to do so by extreme pain. Pathologic anxiety or phobia may require psychiatric consultation in some cases.

Dr. Brent Engelberg offers sedation dentistry options to enable those who suffer from dental anxiety to feel relaxed and comfortable during their treatment. Sedation dentistry can also be used to perform several dental treatments during a single visit.

Restoring your dental health can have many benefits and improve your overall quality of life.

Sedation Dentistry Options

  • Nitrous oxide: known as “laughing gas”, nitrous oxide allows patients to feel completely relaxed during treatment while remaining awake and cooperative during treatment. The effects of sedation are only experienced while the mask is in place, subsiding quickly once removed.

Drs. Engelberg and Mullarkey will discuss your personal concerns and fears prior to your treatment and recommend the appropriate sedation option. If you have been avoiding the dentist for some time, schedule a consultation with Dr. Engelberg or Dr. Mullarkey and begin the process of restoring your natural smile.