Put Dental Anxiety Behind You With Our Help
We see a lot of people that are anxious about the dentist. Let’s face it, most people, it’s not their favorite thing. I mean, as long as it’s not painful and pleasant, they don’t mind it, but they’d rather go do something else instead, if they could. But we see a lot of people that their fear, typically they’re what we call a PVE, a previous bad experience. We have, I guess you would call it, a menu of different options for people that, let’s say, for people who have a mild anxiety or for a more minor procedure like, say, a cleaning, where we could give them something like a Valium the night before so they sleep very well, something like a Xanax an hour before they come in where they would be quite relaxed, and then nitrous oxide on top of that. That works real well for a lot of people. The advantages are, to that, is it’s very inexpensive. They can drive here, and they can drive home. For stronger fear or anxiety, or a more involved or lengthy appointment, we offer what we call conscious sedation, which can be delivered either via pill orally or IV. I am certified in oral medication, and Dr. Dorfman’s certified in the IV. With that, they would be very kind of groggy, relaxed, probably wouldn’t remember being here. That level of sedation works for a lot of people. They do have to have somebody drive them here and drive them home, and we like them to take it easy the rest of the day when they go home. For people that would want sort of the max, we do have several board-certified hospital-based anesthesiologists that will come in the office with all their full-on OR equipment and put people completely out, general anesthesia.