Overcoming Dental Anxiety In Lexington
Our Lexington, KY dentist’s office has discovered that many patients who suffer from dental anxiety will fall into one of three groups, when it comes to fear. Obviously, these are not mutually exclusive, but it is still of some use to get a feel for which one seems the most like your situation, so that Dr. Takacs can modify your sedation dentistry plan to guarantee you have a pleasant (and painless!) experience every time you are here at Beaumont Family Dentistry. Please read on to hear more about it, and then be sure to follow up and schedule your next appointment.
If you are in the fear group, you may experience a knee-jerk reaction to an unpleasant dental episode from your past. If you feel fear now when it comes to visiting the dentist or having a dentistry-related procedure it is more often than not due to a painful or unpleasant situation that already happened. It is an extremely common thing that we can help you work through. We’ll definitely be able to create better memories for you to draw upon in the future.
Truth be told, the anxiety group is similar to the fear group with one difference: it stems from the sense that something as yet unknown and bad could happen to you in the future, not as the result of past experiences or real danger in the present moment. This kind of dental anxiety is nothing that we can’t help you to work through.
If you fall into this group, you will feel a profound, though unrealistic, fear of the dentist. It usually results in complete avoidance of the oral healthcare you deserve. And that won’t be good for you over time. We’ll work with you, little by little, to help you dispel these fears.
Finding The Best Method For You
Like we said, the three groups of patient-types outlined above, will each require their own unique approach to sedation dentistry. Fortunately, Dr. Takacs is highly skilled in administering a full range of sedation dentistry, including…
Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) is a mild form of sedation that allows the patient to relax enough to take the edge off and forget about their dental anxiety. It is delivered safely through a mask. This is a great option for patients who have a less severe fear of dentist and just need a little something to help them rest easy through their visit.
Oral Conscious Sedation
With oral conscious sedation, patients take a pill about an hour before the treatment. Similar to nitrous oxide, this method helps the patient relax but it is a stronger form of sedation that makes more sense for patients with stronger feelings of fear.
IV sedation is a much deeper method of sedation that we are qualified to offer. This is perfect for patients who have a debilitating fear of the dentist or for those with special needs. We often employ IV sedation on patients in order to complete multiple procedures in a single visit. FYI- this is currently offered only at our Hamburg location.
Dr. Takacs Is Ready To Put Your Fears To Rest!
Contact us online today to schedule your next appointment in our Lexington, KY dentist’s office. If you have stayed away on account of your dental anxiety, there’s no time to lose!