Dental phobia (an intense fear of the dentist) is a serious, but very common disorder. Phobias can leave someone feeling panic-stricken and very terrified. Although individuals with dental phobia are often aware that their fear is irrational, they are unable to do much about it. Those who suffer with dental anxiety often avoid going to the dentist. Avoiding the dentist could eventually lead to more serious complications such as gum infections, pain or unsightly teeth.
Many veterans also suffer high anxiety while visiting the dentist. These anxieties are often associated with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Fears could be triggered by a specific activity, object or situation. Veterans also tend to be on high alert while on their backs on the dental chair. Dr. Wilhite has a great deal of experience working with veterans and easing their dental fears.
By offering multiple options for sedation, Dr. Wilhite and his staff can put patients with dental anxiety at ease. We want your experience to be as pleasant and comfortable as possible.
Sedation Dentistry Options
If you are mildly nervous:
Dr. Wilhite and his team will provide you with a calm and relaxing environment during your visit. Our staff will talk to you through your treatment and explain each step of the process in depth. If you prefer a quiet or peaceful atmosphere without any talking or have other requests such as a blanket to keep you warm, let us know and we will accommodate you to make your visit as comfortable as possible.
If you just can’t bring yourself to call the dental office:
If you suffer from moderate anxiety while visiting the dentist or if your teeth are very sensitive during your treatment, we can help. Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) is an option that may be right for you. It helps relax your body during your dental treatment. Many people choose this option because it wears off quickly, has no after-effects and is less expensive than other forms of sedation.
If you are so nervous that you cannot sleep the night prior to your treatment:
Relax! Dr. Wilhite will prescribe something to take at bedtime and then one hour before your appointment. This type of sedation will ease your anxiety and state of mind before your treatment begins. If you choose this type of sedation, you will need to make sure someone can drive you to your appointment and then to your home after treatment has been completed.
If you have severe anxiety:
Sedation is often used for people who suffer severe dental anxiety. During this process, the medication is administered intravenously (through an I.V.) before your treatment. Typically, patients who need extensive care will have their entire procedure completed the same day while using this form of sedation.
Dr. Wilhite and his staff genuinely care about their patients. They want nothing more than for you to have the best treatment available to you. It is important to discuss your options with Dr. Wilhite prior to your procedure, so that together, you can determine which form of sedation is right for you.
How much does Sedation Dentistry cost?
Contact us today to set up your free consultation. We can discuss your goals and options for sedation dentistry. Plus, we’ll talk about affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the dental care you need.