Safe Solutions for Dental Anxiety in Scottsbluff
Does thinking about a dental visit make you anxious? Do you need dental work but don’t want to make an appointment? Well, you’re not alone. An estimated 30 to 40 million people a year avoid the dentist because of fear and anxiety. At Monument Smiles in Scottsbluff NE, Dr. Gary Cheloha understands dental anxiety. He calms the nerves of fearful patients with safe sedation solutions.
The Fear is Real
Dental phobia is a real fear experienced by millions of people. People with a fear of the dentist or dental procedures may “handle” the situation by simply not visiting the dentist. But this isn’t good for oral or overall health. Untreated dental conditions can severely damage smiles and may diminish whole-body health.
Fear of the dentist goes back to childhood for many people. For others, fear of needles or a dislike of the sounds of dental tools or the sensation of a dental drill may be all that’s needed to put off dental visits indefinitely. Other dental phobic patients may have a sensitive gag reflex or be unable to hold their mouths open for long periods of time.
A Solution in Scottsbluff
At Monument Smiles, we’ll work to put your fears to rest. Dr. Cheloha uses effective sedation methods that have been used for years to calm the nerves of anxious patients. To determine the sedation method that’s right for you, the doctor will discuss the dental procedures you need, review your medical history, and talk to you about your fears. To alleviate anxiety during your dental treatments, Dr. Cheloha may recommend one of the following options:
Nitrous Oxide: A colorless, odorless gas mixed with oxygen inhaled through a nasal mask creates a feeling of safety and peacefulness. Often called laughing gas, nitrous oxide eliminates potential discomfort and calms nerves.
Oral Sedation: A pill taken prior to your sedation dentistry appointment eliminates anxiety and lets Dr. Cheloha potentially perform multiple procedures in a single appointment. You won’t be asleep during your visit, but you will feel completely calm. Following your dental procedures, you won’t be able to recall treatment details.
Let Us Help
Don’t let dental anxiety steal your peace of mind. You deserve a healthy smile, and we’ll help you achieve it. Call Monument Smiles in Scottsbluff NE today to schedule a sedation dentistry consultation with Dr. Cheloha.