Your Comfort, Our Priority
Relaxation and comfort should define your dental experience, and at Franklinville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we’ve made it our mission to turn this into a reality. We understand that dental anxiety can be a significant hurdle for many individuals seeking essential oral care. That’s why we offer a range of advanced sedation dentistry options.
From gentle nitrous oxide to profound IV sedation, we’re dedicated to providing you with a soothing atmosphere right here in Franklinville, NJ. Say goodbye to dental anxiety and embrace a visit that prioritizes your peace of mind and well-being.
Tips on Overcoming Dental Anxiety
Some tips for combatting dental anxiety include:
Open Communication with Your Dentist: Before your appointment, discuss your anxiety with your dentist, like Dr. Todd Gottlieb. They are experienced in working with anxious patients and can tailor their approach to make you feel more comfortable.
Schedule Morning Appointments: Booking an appointment in the morning can be beneficial. You’ll have less time to dwell on the appointment, and you’ll be more alert and less fatigued.
Bring a Support Person: Having a trusted friend or family member accompany you to the appointment can provide emotional support and help alleviate anxiety.
Practice Relaxation Techniques: Deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, or mindfulness meditation can help calm your nerves before and during the appointment.
Distract Yourself: Bring headphones and listen to calming music or an engaging audiobook. Focusing on something other than the dental procedure can help ease anxiety.
Visualize a Positive Outcome: Close your eyes and imagine the appointment going smoothly. Visualizing a positive outcome can help reframe your mindset.
Establish Hand Signals: Agree on hand signals with your dentist, like raising your hand if you need a break. This gives you a sense of control during the procedure.
Start with a Simple Procedure: Begin with a less invasive procedure to build trust and confidence with your dentist. Gradually progress to more complex treatments as you feel more comfortable.
Explore Sedation Options: Discuss sedation dentistry options with Dr. Gottlieb. Options like nitrous oxide, oral sedation, or IV sedation can help you relax during the procedure.
Focus on the Long-term Benefits: Remind yourself of the importance of dental care for your overall health. A healthy mouth contributes to your well-being, confidence, and quality of life.
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene: Regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental check-ups can prevent the need for extensive procedures in the future, reducing anxiety about dental visits.
Seek Professional Support: If your dental anxiety is severe, consider talking to a mental health professional or seeking counseling to address and manage your fears.
Remember, Dr. Gottlieb and the team at Franklinville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry are committed to providing a comfortable experience. By implementing these tips and communicating openly with your dentist, you can take significant steps toward overcoming dental anxiety.
Dental Sedation Options*
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Ideal for mild anxiety, nitrous oxide is a safe and fast-acting sedative administered through a mask placed over the nose. It induces a calming sensation, allowing the patient to relax throughout the procedure.
For those with moderate anxiety, oral sedation involves taking a prescribed medication before the appointment. This medication induces a state of deep relaxation, making the dental procedure feel like a breeze.
Intravenous (IV) sedation is a powerful option for patients with severe anxiety or those undergoing complex procedures. Administered directly into the bloodstream, IV sedation ensures a profound state of relaxation, often resulting in a limited recollection of the procedure.
*Franklinville Family and Cosmetic Dentistry may not provide all of these options. Please call ahead to confirm your desired sedation option is available.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, depending on the type of sedation chosen, your dentist may provide specific instructions. This may include fasting before the appointment for oral or IV sedation. Make sure to follow all pre-sedation guidelines provided.
For procedures involving oral or IV sedation, it’s best to avoid eating or drinking for a specified period before the appointment. Your dentist will provide clear instructions on fasting requirements.
While sedation dentistry is generally safe, there may be some temporary side effects. These can include drowsiness, dizziness, or nausea. These effects will typically wear off after the procedure, but it’s important to follow post-sedation care instructions.
If you opt for oral or IV sedation, it’s crucial to arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home after the procedure. It’s not safe to operate a vehicle under the lingering effects of sedation.
Experience Peaceful Dentistry at Franklinville Family & Cosmetic
Embrace a new era of dental care, where your comfort takes center stage. Dr. Gottlieb and our compassionate team at Franklinville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry are dedicated to turning dental anxiety into calm assurance.
Call us at (856) 694-5555 or fill out our online contact form to let us guide you toward a relaxed, stress-free dental journey. Your smile, your confidence, your well-being – they all matter to us. Take that vital step towards a brighter, more comfortable future today!