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Sedation Dentistry – West Seneca, NY

Calming Your Anxiety for a Positive Visit

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Does the sound of dental tools make you nervous? Do you feel anxious when you think about visiting the dentist? You are definitely not alone. It is estimated that between 9 and 20 percent of Americans do not go to the dentist regularly because of fear, but doing so puts your smile at a higher risk of infection and decay. At Applegate Dental, we provide sedation dentistry to make your dental experience more positive and help you get the dental care you need to stay healthy.

Why is visiting the dentist so important?

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Many who struggle with dental anxiety think that they do not need to visit the dentist as long as they do not feel pain or experience unusual symptoms. Even then, sufferers can try to “tough it out” as long as possible before finally getting the treatment they need. Unfortunately, by that point, the problem may have already caused permanent damage and be so advanced that only invasive, and expensive, care can resolve it.

Coming to our West Seneca office at least twice every year for checkups and cleanings plays a critical role in making sure your smile stays healthy from harmful bacteria. These appointments allow us to proactively keep your teeth and gums protected, and if a problem does develop, we are able to treat it right away—before it causes you unnecessary pain or discomfort.

How can sedation dentistry help me overcome my dental anxiety?

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Even knowing how important it is to visit the dentist, you may still have a very real fear of dental work. At Applegate Dental, we understand and want to help you feel more comfortable. That is why we offer oral conscious sedation. This effective solution allows you to stay awake and responsive, but it also takes away any anxiety or real awareness of what is happening. In fact, with oral conscious sedation, you may not remember details from your appointment at all. This method is particularly helpful for those who have moderate to severe dental anxiety or who are undergoing complex procedures.

How does oral conscious sedation work?

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Unlike nitrous oxide or laughing gas, oral conscious sedation is not administered in our office. We will prescribe a pill that you must take before your appointment according to our instructions so that it can begin working before you arrive. You will need someone to transport you to and from our office because the effects of the oral sedation can interfere with your ability to drive safely. Although the medication does not put to sleep, you may become so relaxed that you fall asleep during your procedure. You should feel back to normal within a few hours after your appointment.

If you have dental anxiety, give our office a call. Our team can placate your fears and help you feel more comfortable. That way, your smile can stay healthy and happy for many years to come!