Ease Your Dental Fear of the Dentist Today

  • February 20, 2017

“I hate the dentist.”

That’s a sentiment you have probably heard — or uttered — in your life. Those of us at my Leesburg dental office have a thick skin, so we’re not offended by this. But we also don’t want a negative perception of the dentist to dictate your treatment. We dentists have a perception problem. People think our treatments are painful, or they believe they’ll be embarrassed or lectured during their dental visits.

We have a few special ways to resolve your dental fear and get your dental health back on track. We not only provide the latest technology, we also provide sedation dentistry. Being a dental office that places dental implants and treating major dental problems, sedation dentistry helps us relax the patient and complete multiple dental problems in one visit.

Here are just a few ways we can ease your dental fears at the office.

Fix Your Missing Teeth in One Day

Part of dental fear or anxiety comes with the procedures. If you have substantial dental problems, you may need several visits to correct the issues. One of the ways we can ease your concerns about the dentist is condensing your treatments into fewer visits. In many cases, we can repair your smile in one day. Our same-day smile solutions are convenient for patients, and we’ve found improve the case acceptance. You don’t have to walk around for weeks or months with dental problems or schedule multiple visits to restore your mouth. This is even true for patients with missing teeth or removable dentures.

We use a system known as All-on-4 dental implants to help patients who are struggling with removable dentures. Removable dentures are a major problem because they limit your ability to eat, which can directly affect your overall health. Dental implants nearly mirror the power of your natural teeth. What makes All-on-4 dental implants so special is that these implants are restored with bridges, making the final restoration more lifelike than a traditional denture.

We’ll Help You Relax in the Dental Chair

No matter how hard we try, we can’t make everyone comfortable in the dental office. That’s where the help of sedation dentistry comes in. You have probably heard about things like nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas, not few dental offices have a full spectrum of sedation services. At Family First Dental & Implant Center, we can provide oral conscious sedation and IV sedation. These treatments are great for patients who have a mild or severe fear of the dentist or those who need multiple dental treatments completed in one visit.

Oral conscious sedation — This form of sedation is a pill given to patients before their visit. They’ll have a friend or family member drive them to the office for their appointment. The oral sedation will last throughout your entire treatment. While you’re conscious during the procedure, many patients fall asleep and have little to no memory of their visit.

IV sedation — IV sedation is our heaviest form of sedation. It works instantly and can be easily adjusted through your treatment. We often use IV sedation when placing dental implants or when a patient is nervous about a procedure like a root canal. We render IV sedation in our surgical suite, which is private and comfortable.

One of the things about dental sedation is that we only use it when we need it. We have worked with countless patients who needed dental sedation, but after a few visits, they understood that they had nothing to worry about. Sedation dentistry helped restore their faith in dentistry, and now these patients don’t think twice about coming to the dentist.

Dental fear or anxiety can cause people to skip dental appointments, which can negatively impact your smile and overall health. You can take control of the problem by calling our office at 703-297-4353.