Woman patient at the dentist waiting to be checked upAnd you’re not alone.

The Dental Fears Research Clinic reports one-fifth of adults experience enough anxiety that they will only go to the dentist when absolutely necessary and between 5 and 8 percent avoid the dentist altogether out of fear.

So, if you would have a hard time choosing between jumping off a cliff and visiting the dentist, we understand. And we can help.

What is dental phobia?

Patients with dental anxiety will experience a sense of uneasiness when their appointment is upcoming, perhaps even have exaggerated worries as they anticipate their visit to the dentist. But patients with dental phobia are actually terrified about going to the dentist, experiencing intense worry and fear.

Some common dental phobia signs include:

  • Having trouble sleeping the night before a dental appointment
  • Getting increasingly nervous while in the dentist’s waiting room
  • Feeling like crying, or even physically ill, when you think about going to the dentist
  • Feeling anxious when you drive past a dentist’s office or see dental instruments
  • Panicking or having trouble breathing when objects are placed in your mouth during a dental exam

Many of our patients experienced dental phobia prior to being treated at our office. After learning of our sleep dentistry options to help them feel comfortable, relaxed and unafraid, they can finally get that “winning smile” of their dreams.

Yes, you really can relax in the dental chair

Sedation dentistry, sometimes referred to as sleep dentistry, is used to calm and reduce any anxiety associated with dental treatment. Sedation is most appropriate for people with dental anxiety or phobia that causes them intense fear about going to the dentist, or prevents them from going altogether. Sedation dentistry is also a great option for patients who have a low pain threshold, have trouble sitting still in the dentist chair, have very sensitive teeth, have an overactive gag reflex or need a lot of dental work completed.

Our Sparks sedation dentistry options include:

  • Nitrous oxide
  • Oral sedation
  • Conscious IV sedation

We carefully work with each patient to determine the best option. We monitor your pulse, blood pressure and heart rate at all times throughout your dental procedure to ensure you are in excellent care.

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Let our Reno sedation dentistry team help you

Whether you have long been afraid of visiting the dentist, or you need extensive dental work completed, we will help you figure out the right sedation dentistry option for you. Our goal at Caffaratti Dental Group is for you to feel comfortable and relaxed, no matter how long or short your visit. Give us a call today at (775) 204-9020 to discuss your sedation dentistry needs with our sedation dentist.