Our Personal Approach and Oral Sedation Can Alleviate Dental Phobia

Like many patients, you may suffer from some form of dental phobia. At Smiles on Broadway Dental Care, we want you to have a relaxing, stress-free experience. For this reason, we offer sedation dentistry to alleviate dental phobia at our Long Island, NY, practice. Our dentists use oral conscious sedation, which is safe and gentle. You will be awake, but you will be deeply relaxed and unaware of everything that is happening. With sedation, you can receive the care you need to protect your beautiful smile and prevent serious dental damage.

What Is Dental Phobia?

Many patients feel a bit nervous before they visit the dentist. However, if you suffer from dental phobia, this anxiety is quite intense. You may have a racing heartbeat or sweating palms. You can feel nauseous or have trouble sleeping the night before your dental visit.

Dental phobia can develop for many reasons. Causes often include:

  • Unpleasant stories told by others
  • Past experiences with poorly qualified dentists
  • A sense of lost control
  • Claustrophobia
  • A strong gag reflex

The Importance of Treating Dental Phobia

Often, dental phobia can cause you to neglect your oral care for many years. As a result, bacteria can build up, and you could develop extensive decay, gum disease, and other health issues. Gum disease alone has been linked to serious health concerns such as respiratory problems, dementia, stroke, and heart attack. Proper dental care is vital to protecting your oral and overall health.

Even if you have already sustained dental damage, sedation can make it much easier to receive appropriate care.  

With sedation, many patients are able to once again visit the dentist. You can feel more comfortable visiting the dentist, and you can schedule the routine exams and cleanings that you need. In turn, you can enjoy improved oral health, and you will be less likely to require extensive restorative procedures. Even if you have already sustained dental damage, sedation can make it much easier to receive appropriate care.  

Our Team Can Alleviate Your Anxiety

Photo of woman relaxing in the dentist's chair

No matter what is causing your phobia, we understand that the condition can be quite significant. At Smiles on Broadway Dental Care, we are compassionate and non-judgmental. We know that dental phobia is not your fault, and we simply want to make your treatment as easy as possible. When you come into our office, we can give you a tour, and can explain all equipment and procedures. Taking the unknowns out of dental care can greatly reduce your anxiety. Your dentist will also take time to discuss your concerns and health needs in advance.

In addition to personalized care, we also provide highly effective dental sedation. For the safest, most predictable results, our office provides oral conscious sedation. Your dentist will prescribe strong, yet safe, anti-anxiety medications. You will take one dose at home and another when you come into the office. These medications will help you relax, and, while awake, you will not be fully aware of what is going on during the appointment. 

Receive Compassionate Treatment

With our personal touch and gentle sedation, there is no reason to suffer from dental phobia. Contact our office today to schedule your stress-free appointment.