Dental Anxiety

If you are struggling with anxiety before your dental treatment or procedure, give us a call at (757) 546-0301. We can ensure you have a comfortable and relaxed dental visit and discuss treatment and sedation options with you, creating a plan to keep your mouth healthy while reducing fear and discomfort.

How to Ease Dental Care Fears Without Medication?

After discussing what worries you the most about your treatment, we can help you better manage your fears and anxiety. In many cases, we can ensure your comfort by simply explaining the procedure or offering you a set of headphones with relaxing music. 

How to Prepare for a Dental Appointment?

You can put your worries and fears at rest by visiting our office and discussing with our dentist prior to your treatment or procedure. The discussion may help you prepare yourself mentally for the procedure. The more we inform you about your treatment, the more comfortable and relaxed you will become. 

What Is Sedation for Dental Anxiety?

We use sedation for patients who feel highly anxious before their dental treatments. Sedation helps prevent and reduce dental anxiety and makes you feel more relaxed. You will still have control over your body. Sleep dentistry is reserved for more lengthy procedures like oral surgery. 

Is Sedation Dentistry Suitable for All Patients?

We will meet with you and discuss the best form of sedation for your procedure depending on your level of anxiety. We use pills as the most common form of sedation. Many times, one pill is enough to help you feel relaxed.

Can I Move Normally During Sedation?

Under sedation, you will still be able to engage in conversations with the dentist and respond to his commands. However, your response time will be a little slower than normal. This is why we generally recommend you call someone to drive you home after the procedure.

Does Sedation Have Side Effects?

In most cases, the effects of sedation go away within an hour after your procedure. If you are heavily sedated, it may take more hours to return to normal. Children, too, can be sedated before their procedures, but the dosage will be smaller than for adults.

Reach out to Alencar Family Dentistry in Chesapeake, VA, to learn more about how we can manage dental fear and schedule a consultation with Dr. O. You can call us at (757) 546-0301, book your consultation online, or visit us at 711 Greenbrier Pkwy Suite 101, Chesapeake, VA 23320. 


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