Overcoming Fear

I recently saw a quote that talked about Fear. Fear can stand for FORGET EVERYTHING AND RUN or FACE EVERYTHING AND RISE! I really like the second option! It made me think about fear in the dental office and how we can help our patients to face everything and rise!

We know that the three biggest reasons that people haven’t been to the dentist in years are money, time, and fear.

The cost of dental treatment can be a source of anxiety for our patients. Our staff is especially attentive and trained to help our patients through this barrier. Not only do we offer several payment options but we will even help our patients apply for financing options if they so choose. Our billing department works hard to contact both medical and dental insurance companies for the patient to determine coverage as well as file the claims for them. We even develop treatment plans for our patients going over priority of treatment, cost, payment options, a scheduling around a patient’s busy schedule.

I know how much I value my time! We value each patient’s time as well…just as much as our own. We do everything we can to stay on schedule for the benefit of the patient and for us!
Fear occurs for a number of reasons. It’s our goal to help every patient feel as comfortable as they possibly can. Talking to our patients, educating our patient, offering comforting words and smiles are just a few ways that we help calm our patients. If our patient is still fearful even after all of this, we will discuss sedation options. Our office offers 3 different types of sedation to our patients.
We offer nitrous oxide, non IV sedation, and IV sedation to our patients.

dreamstime_xs_26884576Nitrous oxide also known as laughing gas can be used on patients of all ages with few side effects. Inhalation of the gas creates a euphoric effect and increases the body’s threshold of pain
Non IV sedation or Oral sedation is one of the most available methods of conscious sedation dentistry. By giving a specific dose of an oral medication such as Triazolam we can achieve a sedated state that allows more treatment to be completed in fewer appointments.

And finally, IV sedation. IV sedation is often associated with surgical procedures at the dental office such as removal of wisdom teeth or placement of dental implants. Just like other forms of sedation dentistry, IV sedation is designed to relax you and make you completely comfortable while also eliminating anxiety and pain. IV sedation can benefit those who have a sensitive gag reflex or difficulty sitting in a dental chair for long periods of time. Patients have very little memory of the appointment. Of course, we monitor IV sedation very closely.

The best way to determine the patient’s sedation needs is with a consult appointment. Our staff will help you decide which option is best for you.

Until next time,

Keep smiling, sharing, and caring!


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