Nervous/Anxious Patients

Nervous/Anxious Patients

Nervous/Anxious Patients

We at All Smiles Dental are here to help our patients achieve and maintain dental health for their entire life by treating our patients the way we would want our children, our spouse, or our parents treated.

Fear of dental treatment and anxiety about dental procedures are prevalent and prevent people from going to the dentist and receiving the care they deserve. By the time a dental phobic patient hurts bad enough to go to the dentist, the conservative treatment options are not viable and they have to endure more invasive dentistry. This further enhances their fears.

It is not inevitable that you will lose your teeth. It is 100% possible to have your own teeth for your entire life. We understand that we invade your personal space and this is not your favorite place to be, but the Dentist and Hygienist at All Smiles Dental are caring and empathetic to patient anxiety and always go above and beyond to make your experience as painless as possible.

Our hygienists want you to save your teeth and will go above and beyond to make your hygiene appointment the most gentle and efficient appointment possible. We do this with years of experience and pharmacology and use state of the art technology, such as outside the mouth radiographs (nothing goes in your mouth to scrape or poke or gag), panoramic radiographs, and sonic scalers. We also use up-to-date pharmacology, such as oraqix and arestin. The hygienists at All Smiles Dental have been hand-selected to be the best of the best for our patients.

Dr. Suter and Dr. Rominger pride themselves on delivering the highest standard of personalized care in a gentle, efficient, professional manner. We use an assortment of topical anesthetics; our personal favorite is Profound because it is the strongest and most effective topical made. Normal topical is $20 dollars a jar, while Profound is $300 a jar. Why would anyone buy $300 a jar topical? We treat our patients the way we would want to be treated and if we were about to get a shot, we would want Profound topical. That is why we use it on our patients.

All people react differently to various dental anesthetic. Some dentists use lidocaine because it is the least expensive. However, it only works most of the time, has the pH of lemon juice, and burns when injected. We at All Smiles Dental use a combination of anesthetic. First, we always use topical, then we slowly inject with Citanest Forte, which has pH balance, does not burn, and makes the gum and tooth extremely numb. We then inject with lidocaine and/or septocaine after the site is numb. Some people react well to one anesthetic and some to another, but when you use a cocktail of three anesthetics, the person is comfortable 100% of the time.

When you are nervous  you have two options for more anxiety control.

The first being Nitrous Oxide; also known as laughing gas. It is often used for patients who are mildly or moderately anxious or nervous. It eases their fears so they can relax, which helps them to receive treatment in a comfortable and safe manner. Nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and delivered through a small mask over the nose. Your child will be asked to breathe through the nose and not through the mouth. As the gas begins to work, you usually will become less agitated and nervous.

The effects of nitrous oxide are mild. It is safe and quickly eliminated from the body. You remain awake and can continue to interact with the dentist. When the gas is turned off, the effects wear off very quickly. The dentist will give you oxygen for a few minutes after treatment, which helps to flush the body of any remaining gas. Nitrous oxide can sometimes make a you feel nauseous. When undergoing a dental visit using this form of conscious sedation, it is best to drink liquids or a light meal a few hours beforehand.

Oral sedation is the other means of anxiety control utilized by All Smiles Dental. Dr. Suter is 1 of 28 dentists in the State of West Virginia who is licensed to perform Minimal Sedation Dentistry.

For minimal sedation, you take a pill. Typically, the pill is Halcion, which is a member of the same drug family as Valium, and it’s usually taken about an hour before the procedure. The pill will make you drowsy, but you will still be awake. Halcion has an amnesic component which will cause you to not really remember the procedure. This is the type of anesthesia most commonly associated with sedation dentistry. Some people become groggy enough from moderate oral sedation to actually fall asleep during the procedure. They usually can, though, be awakened with a gentle shake. Patients that are treated with Halcion cannot drive to or from the office. It is a very strong, but a very short duration medicine, unlike valium.

If you want to enjoy your own teeth for life, you have to go to the dentist. We at All Smiles Dental go above and beyond to make your dental experience the best it can be by treating our patients the way we would want our family to be treated. If you are one of the millions of dental phobic patients, let us know and we will work together to make you comfortable so you can enjoy your smile for life.

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