How to Deal with Dental Anxiety?
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How to Deal with Dental Anxiety?

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Do you suffer from dental phobia or anxiety about going to the dentist? If so, you are not alone. It is estimated that three out of four adults in the United States have some degree of dental fear. At Boulder Valley Dental Center in Louisville, CO, we understand dental anxieties and provide non-judgmental, compassionate care, along with options such as sedation dentistry to keep you comfortable and calm while you get the dental care you need. Sedation dentistry is also a great option for patients who will be undergoing longer dental procedures or multiple treatments in one visit.

Our unique approach to dental care
Dr. Annissa Michael and our entire team of dental professionals know that a good dental experience is about more than just performing dental procedures well. We take extra measures at every step of your dental care experience – from making your appointment through your follow-up care – to keep you comfortable and relaxed so that you can enjoy your experience at Boulder Valley Dental Center. This means having a warm and welcoming demeanor and taking the time to talk with you about your symptoms, concerns, and past dental care experiences. Our practice is built around developing trust with you as the patient so you can feel completely confident about receiving your dental care from us. In addition, we offer a number of options to keep you physically comfortable and mentally relaxed during your visit, whether you are here for a simple cleaning and check-up or a more advanced or lengthy procedure.

How sedation dentistry works
“Sedation dentistry” is a broad term that can encompass several different ways of providing calming, relaxing dental care. In some cases, patients may just need nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” to help calm their nerves or keep them comfortable during their time in the dental chair. In other cases, oral sedation dentistry may be the best option. With oral sedation dentistry, you receive an anti-anxiety/sedation medication prescription that you fill at your local pharmacy, and then you take it at the specific time(s) that Dr. Annissa specifies for your individual needs. Then, you will have a trusted friend or family member drive you to the office, where you will receive your dental care. After your treatment is complete and your companion drives you home, you can take a nap or relax in the comfort of your home. Afterwards, you will likely not even remember your time spent at the dentist, and you can rest easy knowing that your smile is healthy and taken care of.

At Boulder Valley Dental Center, we offer sedation dentistry to anyone who may need it, such as patients who:

  • Have dental phobias
  • Are nervous about undergoing a specific procedure
  • Have a strong gag reflex
  • Will be undergoing a long procedure or multiple treatments back-to-back
  • Have difficulties with being completely numbed prior to dental procedures

Call us today
If you have been putting off dental care that you know you need or are simply due for a professional cleaning and check-up, call Boulder Valley Dental Center in Louisville, CO to experience the difference in care that we provide. Our office can be reached at 303-666-8820