Are you like many Americans who get a sick feeling in their stomach when it’s time to visit the dentist?
You’re part of the majority. Up to 75% of the population experiences dental anxiety. And as many as 8% of people avoid booking an appointment at all due to dental phobia – an immobilizing fear.
At Northland Dental Medicine, we realize just how difficult it can be to bring yourself to finally get in your car and drive to our office for your dental implants. To alleviate your anxiety, our skilled team offers sedation dentistry. So no matter how nervous you are, we can make it much easier to achieve the smile-enhancing results you’ve been looking forward to.
- Intravenous (IV) and oral sedation. These forms of sedation won’t knock you out cold, but they will help you drift into a deep state of relaxation during your treatment. Under IV sedation, you feel as though you’re in a heavily relaxed state. Some patients don’t remember their visit at all. This makes it easier to sit through multiple procedures in just one sitting. With IV sedation, we can monitor and adjust your dosage for maximum comfort.
Oral sedatives. Are you like many people who also struggle with needles? Oral sedatives, such as Valium, can calm your nerves. Under this sedative, you will be able to remain awake and aware of what’s happening around you. This method is used for patients with light to moderate anxiety. This form of sedation is very cost-effective and offers great results.
Uneasiness and anxiety can hold anyone back. Don’t let these feelings keep you from benefiting from preventive, restorative, or cosmetic dentistry.
What you can do:
- Share your fears with us.
- Keep appointments – delaying may complicate treatment.
- Avoid caffeine and sugar.
- Interrupt us if you need a break.
- Ask questions – knowledge is power!
What we can do (in addition to sedation):
- Consult with you to develop your best treatment strategy.
- Provide you with distractions.
- Use technology to minimize discomfort.
Next time you come into Northland Dental Medicine for an appointment, make sure to ask about sedation dentistry and how it can help you through your dental procedures.
Yours in excellent dental health,
Dr. Michael Corsello, your Pittsburgh dentist