The Southwest Dental Care team is committed to alleviating the anxiety felt by some patients about their dental care. We take the time so you feel comfortable.
We understand that a trip to the dentist can cause different levels of anxiety in some people. Our goal is to alleviate some of that anxiousness so that it doesn't prevent you from receiving regular oral care.
If you're typically nervous about visiting the dentist, please let our reception team know when you book your first visit.
Our staff has been helping nervous patients with dental anxiety for years, and will do everything possible to ensure that you feel comfortable throughout your appointment.
At Southwest Dental Care, we do our best to offer you a warm, inviting environment for your dental care.
In each of our exam rooms, you can listen to relaxing music while you wait. For the majority of our anxious patients, these 'distractions' help them focus on other things and ultimately, make their dental experience less frightening.
Our staff will take the time to explain the details for all dental procedures before they begin, so you will have a solid understanding of whatever treatment we are recommending. You can feel free to ask as many questions as you want... until you are fully comfortable.
At Southwest Dental Care, we offer a wide range of sedation options, including nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation and full sedation. If this is an option you think you might need, we will review all the pros and cons with you.
Oral Sedation: Oral sedatives can be administered the night before or 30 minutes before the appointment depending on the severity of the dental anxiety. Since oral sedatives do not provide pain relief, a local anesthetic is administered.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation: Also known as laughing gas, this type of sedation is administered to help you relax before your procedure. Again, since it does not relieve pain an anesthetic is also administered.
There are a few precautions that need to be taken with sedation dentistry. For example, we monitor the patient's heart rate and breathing for the duration of the visit. It is important that someone drives you home after your appointment as the anesthetic might last for a few hours after the procedure.
Treat yourself to a brighter smile with Southwest Dental Care!