We Can Help Patients with Dental Phobia Feel Calm and Relaxed under Our Care
About 15 percent of Americans, or roughly 40 million people, experience anxiety relating to dental treatment. When feelings of anxiety stand between a patient and the dental care he or she needs, it becomes a problem. If you suffer from dental phobia, Dr. Danny O’Keefe in Jackson, MS, can provide you with gentle dentistry and sedation options to help you experience relaxation under our care. We understand that undergoing dental procedures or even routine cleanings can be very stressful for some, so we listen closely to our patients to determine how we can make visiting our office a pleasant experience. To learn more about how we can help you feel calm while undergoing dental treatment, contact our office today and schedule a consultation with Dr. O’Keefe.
How Sedation Dentistry Can Help
If you suffer from dental phobia, Dr. O’Keefe may recommend sedation dentistry. Sedatives are medications that can help you reach a state of relaxation so that you can remain comfortable and calm during treatment. We work with experienced anesthesiologists who can make sure that your sedation treatment is safe and effective. Depending on your needs, we can provide:
- Oral conscious sedation, in which patients take a prescription pill several hours before the procedure to achieve a calm state of near-sleep during treatment.
- Intravenous (IV) sedation, which is administered through a thin needle to help patients achieve near-sleep.
- Nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas. Patients inhale the mixture of nitrogen and oxygen to quickly achieve relaxation. The effects wear off quickly.
- General anesthesia, in which patients are totally unconscious during treatment.
Dr. O’Keefe can discuss your concerns and review your medical history to determine which type of sedation is best for you. If you choose oral conscious sedation, IV sedation, or general anesthesia, you will need to arrange for a friend or loved one to drive you to and from your appointment.
A Calm, Inviting Atmosphere
Dr. O’Keefe believes that while sedation is a valuable method of helping anxious patients feel calm, a tranquil and relaxing office, a staff of friendly professionals, and patient education are also important. Many patients feel much less anxious about treatment once they fully understand the steps involved in their procedures. If the sounds of dental drills and other equipment trigger anxiety, we encourage patients to bring an MP3 player and listen to music through headphones during treatment. You and Dr. O’Keefe can also establish signals to use during treatment so that he can pause if you begin to feel uncomfortable or anxious. We can discuss further strategies to combat your dental phobia during your initial consultation.
Don’t Let Dental Phobia Interfere with Your Oral Health
Delaying regular cleanings or other treatments can only make dental health conditions worse, resulting in a need for more complex procedures. Dr. O’Keefe and our team provide sedation dentistry and compassionate dental care to help you feel comfortable under our care. Contact us today to learn more about how we can make your visit to our office calm and enjoyable.