When it’s time for your visit to the dentist at Larry Saylor Dentistry, anxiety or fear may upset your regular routine. Dental phobias and anxiety, not to mention embarrassment or shamefulness over poor personal oral care, are among the top reasons many people delay scheduling dental visits for as long as possible or avoid them all together. Sedation dentistry came to professional prominence during the 1960s. Assessment of a person’s specific or overall concerns before treatment is indispensable to proper patient care, with or without drugs to bring calmness.
Be Open and Honest
In order to get the most out of sedation dentistry, it’s important to inform the dentist’s office of your concerns when first booking a visit and again when you arrive at the facility on your scheduled day. Do not feel embarrassed or like a bother by asking for more anesthesia if that is your decision. It’s typically better to increase a dosage before treatment begins than to try adding more medicine once the procedure has started.
If you wish, you can bring a small toy with you, like a fidget spinner or a squeezable stress ball, to occupy your hands and attention. Headphones are also a good companion while in the dental chair. You can enjoy an engaging audible book or listen to your favorite music station or personal playlist. Before treatment starts, we may establish a distinct hand signal or gesture that will alert our provider if you need to pause the treatment for a break.
Stress and Anxiety Management Through Sedation
At Larry Saylor Dentistry, we are proud to offer sedation dentistry for patients who are anxious or nervous about getting dental treatment. Once you have the technique that works for you, Dr. Saylor and his team can completely change the aesthetics of your smile with award-winning cosmetic treatment. Contact us today to book an appointment at our office in Brandon, FL.