Does the thought of spending time in the dentist’s chair fill you with dread? If so, you’re not alone. Few people would actually claim to enjoy a trip to the dentist, but for some, the fear is almost palpable.
That fear has a variety of causes, including:
- A bad prior experience where the person wasn’t properly numbed.
- Difficulty getting or staying numb.
- A strong gag reflex.
- A generalized fear of all the sharp instruments we use.
- The sound of those instruments in operation
- And so on.
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what the root cause is. For some people, the fear is so great that they’d rather not get the treatments they need, preferring instead to just live with the pain.
Needless to say, that’s not a good long-term strategy. When you’re suffering from a cavity, gum disease, or other oral health issue, they don’t just go away on their own. The more time that passes, the worse they tend to get. Ultimately, the discomfort will get so bad that you’ll have no choice but to get the problem attended to, so really, you’re not sparing yourself anything.
Quite the opposite, in fact. By waiting, you’re almost certain to have to have a more invasive procedure to fix the issue when you finally break down and go to the dentist, to say nothing of the pain you’ve suffered in the meanwhile.
We understand though, and as Falls Church, VA’s top-rated sedation dentist, we offer minimal sedation services to all our patients who need something extra to sit for the treatments they need. In many cases, we rely on oral sedation, and if that’s what you opt for, then we’ll ask that you arrive about an hour before your procedure is scheduled to begin in order to give the medication time to start working.
We’ll also ask that you bring a friend with you. You’ll be groggy as the medication starts to wear off and will likely need a bit of help getting home.
As Falls Church, VA’s top-rated sedation dentist, we want to do all we can to make the procedure as smooth and free of complications as possible. To that end, we’ll be asking a few crucial questions to help us serve you better.
For instance, we’ll need to know if you’re taking any other medications to treat some other condition you might have. Some drugs are known to interact badly with others, and knowing what else you’re taking will help us plan around that.
We’ll also need to know if you have obstructive sleep apnea, asthma, or other breathing related issues that could cause complications during the procedure. Again, the more we know, the better we can plan around it.
The bottom line though is that there’s no need to just live with the pain and avoid the treatments you need. We’ve got you covered, and will do everything we can to be sure you’re comfortable during your time with us. Give us a call today. We’ll take good care of you.