Think it’s impossible to relax at the dentist’s office? You’re not alone. A reported 40 million Americans avoid dental visits due to fear or anxiety. Neglecting your oral health isn’t the solution, though. A dental office that recognizes dental anxiety and caters to fearful patients can help alleviate your fears. Oftentimes, thorough explanations and a warm, friendly environment allow patients to feel at ease. Some patients require a little extra help in the form of sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry has helped countless people get the care they need.
Sedation dentistry involves an oral medication that you take prior to your visit. The sedative needs about an hour to take effect. Once it does, you’ll feel calm, relaxed, and a bit drowsy. Dr. Philipps may combine nitrous oxide (laughing gas) with the oral sedative to enhance your comfort. With oral sedation, you’ll be conscious and able to respond to the dentist’s questions; however, you’ll likely remember little of the procedure and hours will seem like minutes.
Dr. Philipps and our staff have undergone training in sedation dentistry, so you can rest assured you’re in capable hands. We’ll monitor your comfort levels throughout the procedure, and Dr. Philipps will answer any questions you may have prior to the appointment. Don’t hesitate to call our office to learn more about the many benefits of sedation dentistry.
Since 2000, Midland and Odessa-area families have trusted Dr. Philipps with their smiles. Call today to reserve your checkup, consultation, or second-opinion visit. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice and developing a lasting relationship built on trust and integrity.