If you are dealing with dental fear or anxiety, it may prevent you from receiving the dental care you need. Avoiding the dentist may result in serious oral health concerns. This will affect the health, appearance, and function of your smile.
Fear of the dentist is a common dental concern that patients of all ages deal with. Visiting a highly trained and caring dentist can help cure some of the anxiety or fear a patient may feel about visiting the dentist. Dr. Deckard and our team take the time to educate you on all aspects of your oral health. We will inform you about what to expect during your dental treatment. For some, knowing what to expect can reduce feelings of stress and uneasiness.
Dr. Justin Deckard understands that patients who experience dental fear and anxiety have a difficult time visiting the dentist. At DC Precision Dentistry we offer friendly and caring services for patients dealing with dental fear and anxiety. We provide a welcoming, open space where patients can feel comfortable receiving the dental care they need. If you are embarrassed by the state of your oral health, we are a no judgment dental office.
The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Patients with dental fear may benefit from the sedation dentistry. We offer oral conscious sedation to help put patients in a relaxed state during their visit. This method not only reduces anxiety, but also:
- Enhances and prolongs the effects of the local anesthetic
- Allow the patient to remember very little from the visit
- Reduces the chance of joint and muscle soreness
- Decreases the gag reflex
- Allows the dentist to provide more treatments in fewer visits
- Allows the dentist to work in a timelier manor
Dental Sedation in Washington, DC
The safety and comfort of our patients are important to our team at DC Precision Dentistry. Dr. Deckard will assess a patients’ medical history, look at the condition of their dental health and their overall health. This will help him determine if they are a good candidate for dental sedation. Our staff will watch any patient under sedation closely during their treatment.
Oral Conscious Sedation: Your dentist may prescribe an oral sedative that can help the patient feel relaxed during their appointment. Oral conscious sedation allows the patient to remain alert and responsive while helping them manage their dental anxiety. Patients will need an escort to and from the office.
Sedation Dentistry FAQs
Is sedation dentistry safe for all ages?
Yes, oral conscious sedation options are safe for all ages when a trained dental professional administers it. Our team has gone through training and certifications in order to safely administer sedation options. Do not consider dental sedation if you think you might react differently, or if your doctor advises against it.
Does dental sedation put you in a deep sleep?
No. The dental sedation we provide will not put you to sleep. You will be awake but in an altered state of euphoria and numbness. The chemicals interact with your brain to subconsciously put you at ease. It wears off within a day and should not cause issues after treatment.
Is dental sedation the solution to my dental anxiety?
No. Dental sedation is a great way to help anxious patients relieve their anxieties at the dentist. However, it is not the solution to all of your anxiety problems. You should consider this as a step in making yourself feel more at ease and to improve your overall dental experience.