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By Solaris Dental Health
June 21, 2017
Category: Oral Health

If you've been avoiding visiting your dentist due to fears about pain, loss of control or embarrassment, you're likely one of the millions of sedation dentistrypeople who deal with dental anxiety. This common fear puts about 15 percent of Americans at risk for complications from gum disease or cavities, but Dr. Bianca Chan McWilliams, your dentist in Chandler, AZ, is prepared to help calm your nerves with sedation dentistry. Learn how the various medications and treatments we offer at Solaris Dentistry can help ease your fears and allow you to maintain good dental hygiene.

What is sedation dentistry?

Even patients without extreme dental anxiety can have trouble relaxing during a dental procedure. Not knowing what to expect, concern about pain, and even the sound of the equipment can be bothersome and make people put off necessary dental procedures. Your Chandler dentist, Dr. McWilliams, recognizes the need to help her patients feel comfortable during treatments, which is why she has been educated in the specialized classification of sedation dentistry. She uses various medications and other therapeutic treatments that help calm patients' nerves to allow Dr. Williams to perform procedures safely and accurately.

How is sedation dentistry used?

The type of sedative you need for dental procedures has a number of factors: How much time will your procedure take? What is your level of anxiety? What health issues do you have? Sedation dentistry can range from administering oral sedation to nitrous oxide. A consultation with Dr. McWilliams will make that determination. In general, it's advised to have someone drive you to and from your appointment, as some sedatives will take some time before the effects wear off completely, but full instructions will be given to you prior to your procedure.

If you have dental anxiety, you don't have to let your dental hygiene lapse. At Solaris Dentistry in Chandler, AZ, there is a way you can stay current with your dental procedures while remaining calm and comfortable! Contact our office today to schedule an appointment!