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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 people 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!
Find out how your dentist could help you manage your sleep apnea symptoms.
Have you just recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea? Are you concerned that you will have to worry about wearing an awkward facemask to bed each and every night? Do you find CPAP therapy to be a bit noisier than you bargained for? If so, then it might be time to talk to our Chandler, AZ, dentist Dr. Bianca Chan McWilliams about another way to treat your symptoms.
In fact, those suffering from only mild-to-moderate sleep apnea may not even have to worry about using CPAP therapy. While CPAP is the most standard form of treatment when it comes to sleep apnea, it isn’t the only option. In fact, many people have found success through oral appliance therapy.
This oral device is only worn while you are sleeping. While there a wide variety of different oral devices on the market for treating obstructive sleep apnea, our Chandler, AZ, general dentist will work with you and your sleep doctors to provide the right oral appliance to fit your needs. Instead of wearing a facemask while you sleep you will just pop in this retainer-like device, which will cover over your upper and lower teeth and help painlessly reposition your jaws to keep the airways open.
Oral appliance therapy is not something you can purchase over the counter. You will need to visit your Chandler, AZ, sleep apnea dentist in order to get an oral appliance that is tailored to fit your mouth and provide you with the relief you need. Of course, if you only suspect that you have sleep apnea but don’t actually know, the first step you will need to take is scheduling an appointment with a sleep doctor who will then run a sleep study to determine if sleep apnea is the cause of your symptoms.
Once you’ve received a diagnosis then it’s time to schedule an appointment with us. Oral appliance therapy offers some great benefits over CPAP therapy. In fact, oral appliance therapy is easy to use, more comfortable and more portable. If you are someone who travels often, having a small oral appliance over large, cumbersome CPAP equipment can be a real advantage.
If you want to find out whether oral appliance therapy could be the ideal way to treat your sleep apnea then it’s time you turned to the dental experts at Solaris Dentistry in Chandler, AZ, to get the answers you want.