Try to imagine a day when you can go to the dentist without any worries or concerns.
You arrive at your appointment, and you are greeted by the friendly staff. You only wait a few minutes before you are called back for your regular dental cleaning.
You remember when you used to feel nervous just calling to make an appointment, but look at you now. You stroll to the patient room and take your seat in the dental chair without any nervousness at all.
The dental hygienist asks how you are doing, and you saying you are doing well. After a small mask is placed over your nose, you inhale some nitrous oxide and drift into a state of euphoria. Before you know it, your cleaning and exam are finished. You even schedule your next appointment before you leave.
You are so grateful that you learned about Overmeyer Family Dental and our patient-centered dentistry here in Orlando, FL.
Dental Anxiety Is Common
If you feel anxious or afraid of visiting the dentist, it’s OK. You have a lot of company.
Some surveys have shown that as many as 3 in 4 people experience some degree of dental anxiety, while about 1 in 5 are so fearful that they will avoid dental care unless it is absolutely unavoidable.
Dr. Thomas Overmeyer, Dr. Jessica Overmeyer, and the rest of our dental team understand that many people struggle with dental anxiety. We also understand that there are countless reasons why you may feel fearful about dental care.
We don’t expect that fear to disappear the first time you walk through our doors. Learning to manage your dental anxiety is a process. It takes patience and a willingness to take one step at a time.
And you know what? We want to make that journey with you just as we have done for so many people in and around Orlando, FL. One of the first steps is understanding the reasons for your anxiety.
We Want To Work With You
We can’t wave a wand and magically make your dental anxiety disappear, but we can help you find a way that you can feel more relaxed while receiving your dental care.
One thing that can help you get started is a consultation with one of our dentists at Overmeyer Family Dental. This will give you an opportunity to visit our office without the pressure of a cleaning or other procedure.
It gives you a chance to ask questions about our approach to treating anxious patients, including our sedation dentistry.
This also is a time when you can share what makes you feel anxious about dental care. You may have had a bad experience with another dentist who made you feel ashamed because of a particular oral health issue. You may have had a painful dental treatment. You may gag easily, or you may just feel generally nervous about people doing work in your mouth.
All of these concerns are reasonable, and all of them are reasons we welcome you to visit our dentist office for your care.
How Sedation Dentistry Can Help
In the scenario at the start of this post, we described a visit in which a patient receives nitrous oxide as part of his or her routine care.
Nitrous oxide, which you also may know as laughing gas, is a simple yet effective dental sedation option. All you have to do is breathe in the gas to feel its effects. It works quickly, and it leaves you feeling calm and relaxed. It also has an analgesic effect, so you won’t feel any pain.
This is a great option for many patients, and many patients feel normal again within minutes when we turn off and remove the gas at the end of their procedures.
For patients with stronger dental anxiety, we may recommend oral sedation. This involves taking a single dose of medication prior to your appointment. If you choose this option, you must arrange for someone else to drive you to and from our office.
The effects last longer with oral sedation, but the benefits are the same with regard to allowing you to receive the dental care that you need.
If you would like to learn more about Overmeyer Family Dental or about our dental sedation, please contact us by phone at (407) 603-3839 or by filling out our online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you and to helping you find a way to deal with your dental anxiety.