Get Help Relieving Your Dental Anxiety

Dental Anxiety | 2 | Uptown Dental Associates | Albuquerque, NM

Have you ever canceled a dentist appointment at the last minute because of anxiousness? Do the sounds and smells of the dentist put you on edge? If you’re ready to experience your first stress-free appointment, call Uptown Dental Associates at (505)407-8781. Dr. Ryan Shepherd, Dr. Marc McRae, and our calming and soothing team will do everything we can to put you at ease at our Albuquerque, NM dentist office.


You Are In Good Company

Did you know that as many as one in five Americans suffer from dental anxiety for one reason or another? Maybe you had a painful experience at the dentist when you were younger. Or perhaps you don’t like the clinical atmosphere of any health care setting.

We’ve heard every explanation there is, and we know you’re not just making excuses. We understand it’s not simply a matter of “getting over it.” No matter your situation, we can help relieve your dental anxiety so you can get the quality dental care you deserve! We use the latest techniques and dental technologies to ensure your visit is as comfortable as possible!

Compassionate Team, Comfort Options, Relaxing Setting

At Uptown Dental Associates, your comfort is our priority! When you arrive at our beautiful dental office, our friendly team will greet you with warm smiles and help you get settled. We like to get to know our patients because it helps us to improve your quality of care.

If you have any particular concerns, let us know – we’re here to help you! Our office is a judgement-free zone and we will never make you feel self-conscious about your smile or your dental anxiety. Whether you’re visiting us for a simple dental cleaning and exam or you’re seeing us for a restorative dentistry procedure, like dental implants, we will ensure your comfort.

To improve your experience at our office, we offer several comfort options, including:

  • Cozy blankets
  • Soft pillows
  • Headphones for you to listen to your favorite music

Thanks to Dr. Shepherd’s mother, Grandma Lu, we even have homemade cookies for you to snack on!

Our office itself will also help you relax. Dr. Shepherd and his wife helped completely redesign the interior just a few years ago. You can enjoy a tranquil view of our courtyard and fountain while we improve your smile! Or, if you’d prefer, we can also provide a very private care room. So you won’t feel rushed, we can even provide extended appointments!


Dental Sedation Options To Calm You

If our welcoming team and various comfort options aren’t enough to put you at ease, we also offer dental sedation. Every patient is unique, so we give you three choices.

Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as “laughing gas,” is a gas mixed with oxygen that you inhale through a small mask. The calming sensation takes effect almost immediately, melting away your stress and causing a mild euphoria.

We also offer oral conscious sedation in pill form. We will give you a prescription during an initial consultation. Then, about an hour before your visit, you will take your medicine. You’ll arrive fully relaxed, and your procedures will be little more than a foggy haze when you leave.

IV sedation is the strongest form of dental sedation we offer. We will carefully monitor you and adjust your level of sedation as needed. Many of our patients who use IV sedation don’t even remember visiting. Your visit will be stress-free, and you’ll leave with a beautiful smile!

If you need additional medication to relax, we will adjust accordingly. For your safety, you will need a trusted friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment following oral conscious sedation or IV sedation.


Don’t Put Off Caring For Your Smile

If you suffer from dental anxiety, there’s a good chance you’ll avoid seeing a dentist until it is absolutely necessary. But you shouldn’t wait for dental pain to take hold. If you visit Uptown Dental Associates twice a year, we will catch dental problems while they are still small and easily manageable. This approach will save you time and money in the future – not to mention helping prevent stress!


Book Your First Stress-Free Dental Appointment

If you’re ready to overcome your dental anxiety and get the smile-improving dental care you deserve, call Uptown Dental Associates at (505)407-8781. Our friendly team will improve your experience with comfort options and dental sedation in the relaxing setting of our Albuquerque, NM dental office. You can also stop by our office in person or use our online form to schedule your appointment.