Overcoming Anxiety at the Dentist Office
At Hardin Advanced Dentistry, we have extensive experience in making our patients as comfortable as possible. However, some patients have longstanding fears of the dentist that few amenities can overcome. To help anxious patients, we provide a soothing, relaxing spa atmosphere offering a warmed neck pillow, soft blanket, headphones, and a personal television monitor, as well as extending sedation dentistry services to all of our patients.
Oral conscious sedation allows patients to enter and stay in a state of relaxation simply by taking an oral medication before their appointment. Conscious sedation means you will be awake and responsive during treatment, but you’ll feel calm throughout.
Some of the advantages of sedation dentistry include:
- Safe, proven protocol
- Effective reduction of physical pain and mental/emotional stress
- No needles or gas
- Sleepiness occurs naturally rather than through a drug – some patients drift off and don’t even remember their visit
- Provides patients a channel to control their fears and develop a lasting, positive dental experience that will ease their anxiety now and for future visits
People with extreme dental phobias might get tense at the thought of a routine cleaning. Sedation dentistry is an alternative to being “put under” or “knocked out” that allows patients to feel safe in a situation that would usually cause panic. It’s not uncommon for patients who have undergone several sedation appointments to begin feeling more comfortable with dental treatment over time.
Dr. Tara and Dr. Gary Hardin will provide you with instructions on how to prepare for your sedation dentistry visit. Please contact Hardin Advanced Dentistry or call (513) 234-5531 today for a one-on-one visit to our Greater Cincinnati office. Serving Dayton and Mason, Ohio, as well as Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana.