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Patients with Dental Phobia

Patients with Dental Phobia

For some people, visiting the dentist is traumatizing. They may feel severe anxiety or even panic at the thought of sitting in a dental chair. Patients with dental phobia often avoid dental care and may experience poor oral health as a result. At Smile Structure Dentistry & Braces, we understand that it can be difficult to control dental phobia or anxiety, but we want to help you receive the dental care you need. We welcome patients with dental phobia at our clinics in San Antonio.

There are varying levels of dental anxiety and phobia. For some, a bad experience at a dentist in the past has made them wary and fearful of dental treatment. Others may have a severe reaction to the thought of dental care for no specific reason. In either case, there are options to help those with mild to severe fear of dental care get the treatments they need. Sedation dentistry is usually the best option to calm the nerves and put patients with dental phobia into a relaxed state of mind during their dental visits.

Sedation for Dental Anxiety

We offer different levels of sedation at our clinics. For mild dental anxiety, nitrous oxide is an excellent choice. Breathing in the gas puts your mind in a relaxed, euphoric state, keeping you calm while we perform your dental treatments. For moderate to severe dental phobia, oral conscious sedation may be recommended. Our dentist can prescribe an oral medication to take before your dental visits. This helps you relieve your fear and begin to relax before and during your visit. With oral conscious sedation, you will need someone to drive you while you are under the influence of the medication.

Our dental team at Smile Structure Dentistry & Braces is compassionate and friendly, helping our patients relax and stay calm during their visits. If you have dental phobia or anxiety, we want to help you get the dental care you need to maintain a healthy smile. Contact our team to discuss sedation and other options to help you relax and enjoy your dental visits to our clinics in San Antonio.