Have you ever canceled a dental appointment at the last minute? Does the word “dentist” put you on edge? If you need help relieving dental anxiety in Albuquerque, NM, contact Uptown Dental Associates today!
At our Albuquerque, NM dentist office, Dr. Ryan Shepherd and our friendly team will put your comfort first by relieving dental anxiety!
Your Dental Sedation Options
Dr. Shepherd on Relieving Anxiety Read Transcript
Patient anxiety is a pretty common thing that we deal with in dentistry. Very rarely do we come across anyone who wants to go to the dental office, so whether it's just from a cleaning or whether it's to really complex treatment with root canals or implants or extractions, we really try to keep our patients as comfortable as possible.
The first way we do that is just by being kind and understanding of the anxiety that you're feeling. For some of our patients, we'll offer them nitrous gas or laughing gas just to keep them comfortable, to take the edge off of their appointment. That's a nice, easy way because it is something that is out of your system before you even leave the dental office.
Some patients need a little bit more, so we'll prescribe them some Valium to take before their appointment. Then for those patients that really need a lot of help to get through their dental appointment, we offer sedation dentistry, both oral conscious sedation and IV sedation dentistry to help our patients get through that appointment without even being aware that they've had anything done and not being traumatized by the experience.
Patient comfort is definitely one of the most important things for us in our office.
Regardless of the cause behind your dental anxiety, we can help with dental sedation options. We offer three forms of dental sedation:
- Nitrous oxide sedation – just lay back and breathe in this gas through a small mask to melt away your concerns
- Oral conscious sedation – about an hour before your visit, you’ll take this pill so you can arrive completely relaxed
- IV sedation – this is the strongest form of sedation we offer and will vanquish your fears almost immediately
Relaxing Setting, Comfort Options
When you visit our gorgeous dental office, our friendly team will greet you with warm smiles and listen intently to your concerns to provide the best experience we can.
To make your experience more comfortable, we can give you the option of a private care room or a room with a view of our serene courtyard and fountain. We can also provide a variety of items to make your appointment more pleasant, including:
- Warm blankets
- Cozy pillows
- Headphones with calming music
We can also provide longer visits by request so you won’t feel rushed!
Experience your first stress-free dentist appointment – call Uptown Dental Associates at 505-407-8781 to learn how we can help you relieving dental anxiety in Albuquerque, NM. You can also use our online form.