We are all about smiles. We love beautifying them, making them healthy, and most of all, giving our patients a reason to use them. Unfortunately, for millions of Americans who suffer from dental phobia, just the thought of visiting a dentist can be anxiety-inducing. That is why we make every effort to take the stress out of dentistry with exceptionally gentle techniques and optional sedation.
Most likely, anyone will feel some nervousness before a major dental procedure or when visiting a new dentist for the first time. However, phobias and anxieties are not simply nervousness. These fears might be rooted in childhood experiences or caused by other factors, but they linger long after the original situation has been resolved. An affected person might know the dentist, know that the treatment won’t hurt, and know that the procedure in question is necessary. Yet, he or she is still filled with anxiety, sometimes to an overwhelming degree.
If you have ever canceled or postponed a dental appointment on account of anxiety, you certainly are not alone. In fact, about three in ten people avoid dentists for this very reason, according to DOCS (Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation).
The first step in conquering the fear is finding the right dentist. Dr. Sharma of Elite Smiles of Pflugerville is gentle, compassionate, and highly skilled. He takes time to explain the procedure, answer questions, and ensure that each patient is comfortable and ready to proceed with treatment. Furthermore, the option of dental sedation allows even the most anxious individuals to relax while receiving treatment.
We offer oral sedation, which is a prescription medication that you take in advance of your appointment. It takes effect gradually, which can help ease pre-treatment fears. The procedure does not begin until the sedative is fully in effect, and you are comfortable. Although sedation may be essential for people with severe phobias, it is helpful in other situations as well:
If you think that feeling calm and relaxed in a dental office is not possible, then it’s time to discover a different kind of dentistry. Call Elite Smiles of Pflugerville for gentle, customized care that leaves you feeling like using your dazzling smile.