Dental anxiety or phobia is a real problem for many people, preventing them from seeking the dental care they need. Unfortunately, this often results in complex dental problems, including tooth loss, that harm daily quality of life.
Dr. Brent Engelberg provides sedation dentistry options to enable those suffering from dental anxiety to feel relaxed and comfortable during treatment. Sedation dentistry can also perform several dental treatments during a single visit.
Many patients always tell us about how much they used to dread going to the dentist before finding our office. We aim to create a positive patient experience so you can sit back, relax, and look forward to your upcoming dental appointments and procedures. Dr. Brent Engelberg has some tips to help patients with dental anxiety overcome their fears of the dentist. Here are three things you can do to help you relax at the dentist office.
Who Benefits From Sedation Dentistry?
Patients with dental anxiety don’t benefit from sedation dentistry, though they’re a large benefactor. If you have a movement disorder, getting the dental care you need can be hard. Involuntary movements can make care dangerous when sharp dental instruments are used. Sedation relaxes these movements so that you can get care safely.
This is also true for patients that suffer from severe gag reflexes. Gagging makes care uncomfortable and difficult for you and the dentist, as it’s essentially fighting your dentist. Sedation relaxes this reflex so that dental care is easier.
You may not get the regular dental care needed if you have dental anxiety. Issues compound and can lead to more serious dental problems. Sedation lets us take care of multiple dental issues in one sitting. You can sit in the chair and relax longer using sedation. We can get you back on track with your oral health.
A big stressor that many patients experience is settling in at a new dentist’s office. There will be some paperwork to fill out, and we may ask for certain documents from you to ensure we can provide you with the care you need. Being well-prepared for your appointment will ensure the doctor has all the information needed to provide the best possible care for you. It will also help relieve any unnecessary dental anxiety you may be feeling.
If you plan on scheduling your first appointment with AH Smiles, we have made it easy for you to prepare for your appointment. You may access all of our patient forms below:
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Don’t Hold Back and Ask Questions
Another factor contributing to dental anxiety is not knowing what to expect when sitting in the dental chair. We recommend asking questions before, during, and after your appointment. Please let us know anytime if you need further information about your dental health procedures!
We prioritize patient education initiatives. We do our best to answer all of your questions so that you feel confident about your dental procedures and treatments received. Dr. Engelberg believes that an informed patient is a healthier patient. That’s why we provide you with everything you need about dental health care.
What to Expect
AH Smiles uses Nitrous Oxide. Known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide allows patients to feel completely relaxed during treatment while remaining awake and cooperative. The effects of sedation are only experienced while the mask is in place, subsiding quickly once removed.
You can also consider bringing a trusted friend to your appointment for additional measures. You may also bring headphones and listen to your favorite music while we work on your teeth.
If you are looking for a compassionate and comprehensive dentist in Arlington Heights, IL, visit Dr. Brent Engelberg at AH Smiles. Dr. Engelberg will discuss your personal concerns and fears before your treatment and recommend the appropriate sedation option. If you have been avoiding the dentist for some time, schedule an appointment with Dr. Engelberg to begin restoring your natural smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sedation dentistry can benefit a variety of different patients. Learn more by reading the answers to these commonly asked questions.
What leads patients to choose sedation dentistry?
Patients who choose sedation dentistry often have anxiety or a past experience that makes them nervous about going to the dentist or having a procedure. Reasons for this choice may be phobias of dental procedures, a scary or bad past experience with dentists, sensitive nerves, a small mouth, or a general anxiety disorder. If you want to learn more about sedation dentistry, ask your dentist about your options and if they think you may be a good candidate.
Are there side effects related to sedation in dental procedures?
Patients usually experience headaches after being sedated for a dental procedure. Sedation for dental procedures is typically short and milder than larger-scale surgical operations. Some may also experience nausea or a loss of appetite. These symptoms occur in most people post-sedation but are not a concern until 48 hours post-operation.
What activities can I do after I have been sedated?
Post-sedation feelings vary from patient to patient, depending on the level of sedation, so it is important to ensure that you have someone around to help you for at least 24 hours after your operation. It is also important not to drive for 24 hours after being sedated. Many people sleep after being sedated so that they do not feel any of the negative side effects.
How long does it take the sedation to wear off after a procedure?
Sedation gradually wears off during the course of the day after the operation. Patients start to feel normal between 6-8 hours after the operation. Most patients can return to normal work and activities within 24 hours of the procedure.
What shouldn’t I do before dental sedation?
Don’t eat anything for two hours before your procedure. This includes even water. Sedation can make people nauseous, and you may even throw up during the procedure. Don’t wear clothing that’s uncomfortable. We also need to be able to put a blood pressure cuff on your arm. If you have any congestion, let us know. You need to be able to breathe through your nose for nitrous oxide to work.
Am I a good candidate for sedation dentistry?
Many patients are eligible for sedation. We’ll review your current health state, medications, and medical history. Certain medical conditions can make sedation unsafe for you. We’ll never sedate you unless you’re an ideal candidate for the sedation procedure.