scared of going to the dentist

Orange City and Deltona, FL

When you see a dentist appointment upcoming on your calendar, how does it make you feel? Nervous? Maybe even frightened? If so, you’re not alone. The majority of people feel some degree of nervousness, anxiety, or fear over the prospect of going to the dentist. However, for millions of Americans, feelings of anxiety and fear are so strong that they completely avoid the dentist. At Terry Soule, DDS, we understand that these feelings are real. However, they don’t have to control your decisions or compromise your oral health. Why? Because we offer sedation dentistry, making it possible to receive the professional dental care you need even if you suffer from extreme dental anxiety or dental phobia in Orange City.

How to find a sedation dentist

Sedation dentistry helps people with dental anxiety, dental phobia, or other conditions that can make it difficult to receive dental care, get through their dental appointment with ease. No stress. No fuss. No anxiety. The sedatives used will not make you fall asleep. You remain awake but have a diminished awareness of your surroundings. Any feelings of fear, anxiety, or nervousness fade away. Different means of sedation have different effects. Terry Soule, DDS, offers both nitrous oxide and conscious sedation.

Nitrous oxide has been used in dentistry for decades. Also, popularly referred to as laughing gas, your sedation dentist in Orange City administers the sedative by placing a mask over your nose. The flow of the gas is mixed with oxygen. You retain the ability to communicate with your dentist and his team of oral health professionals, but the nitrous oxide will leave you feeling relaxed the entire time. The effects of sedation wear off mere minutes after the flow of the gas is cut off. This is a great benefit because you can return to work or school following your appointment.

Conscious sedation entails taking an oral sedative that has been prescribed to you prior to your appointment. This sedative should be taken about a half hour before your appointment and is stronger than nitrous oxide. You will remain awake and aware of your surroundings, but you probably will not have any memories of the dental procedure. We advise any patient who receives conscious sedation to arrange for transportation to and from their dental appointment. Also, you should make arrangements to go home and rest for the remainder of the day.

Do your homework

Sedation dentistry is not right for everyone. Pregnancy, glaucoma, depression of the central nervous system, and high blood pressure all could disqualify you from undergoing sedation prior to a dental procedure. This is why Dr. Soule likes to have a consultation with any patient who is interested in sedation dentistry. At this meeting, your dental records and medical history will be reviewed, making sure there are no pre-existing conditions that could cause complications.

We know that dental anxiety is real and that many people who suffer from this condition feel ashamed about it. Be assured that Dr. Soule understands dental anxiety and can help you work through your fears and anxiety when it comes to getting the dental care that you need. You can be honest and open about your feelings of anxiousness and fear. In fact, the more we know about your condition, the easier it will be for us to help. Schedule your consultation today by calling (386) 775-1552.

Terry Soule, DDS, is here to serve patients in the areas of DeBary, Deltona, and Orange City, FL.