Do you get nervous when you have a dentist’s appointment? Does the prospect of sitting in the chair and even just getting a simple cleaning make you hesitant for the appointment?
If so, you’re not alone. Millions of other people suffer from dental anxiety – enough so that it’s a scientifically recognized phobia. However, the good news is that Dr. Maureen Toal and her team here at Center For Dental Rehabilitation in Phoenix, Arizona, offer a service to help combat dental anxiety. It’s called sedation dentistry.
What is it?
Sedation dentistry is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a procedure that allows your dentist to perform any necessary dental work – including just a regular cleaning – while you feel relaxed and at peace in the dental chair.
How does it work?
Sedation dentistry is a very simple process. You’ll come to our office where you’ll receive a sedative based on both the depth of the procedure you’re undergoing and your level of anxiety. For example, it’s almost impossible to justify general anesthesia (complete unconsciousness) for a routine cleaning, though for some people with serious anxiety that may be justifiable for a root canal.
The sedative is administered either orally or through an IV, and then your dentist gets to work. The entire time you’ll feel relaxed and happy at being in the chair.
Don’t let your fear of the dentist keep you from great oral health any longer. Call us today at 602.485.0505 to schedule an appointment.