What is Sedation Dentistry?

You may be asking yourself, what is the point of sedation dentistry anyway? Well, have you ever felt fearful while sitting in the dental chair, a feeling of no control, and helplessness? Does the antiseptic smell of the office or the sound of a dental drill make your body shake? Does a dental visit conjure up bad memories from a past traumatic experience?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, or have your own dental fears to share, then sedation dentistry is for you. Read along as we explore what sedation dentistry is and why you should choose it for your treatment at the Advanced Dental Center of Florence with Dr. Griffin.

A Look at Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety or dental phobia is when a patient has a fear of the dentist that can result in anxiety responses, distress, or panic attacks. It usually results in a fight-or-flight response, which makes treatments difficult.

A few of the common dental fears we’ve come across are:

  • Loss of control
  • Previous bad experiences at the dentist
  • Smells of the dental office
  • Sound of dental tools
  • Needle phobia
  • Embarrassment about appearance
  • Gagging or choking
  • Lengthy treatments
  • Special needs

At Advanced Dental Center of Florence, our goal is to ensure that our patients feel comfortable with us and our office. We believe that your dental health is vital to your overall health and wellbeing, and that starts with consistent dental care. If dental anxiety is preventing you from visiting the dentist in Florence, SC, we encourage you to make an appointment with us to discover if sedation dentistry is the solution you need.

Your Sedation Options

Sedation dentistry takes a few forms. The common misconception is that sedation dentistry is only in gas form, as “laughing gas.” Actually, sedation dentistry has advanced now to take the form of pills, which are offered here at our practice.

Oral conscious sedation is the official name of the pill form of sedation. These pills are consumed a few hours prior to your appointment. Once you reach our office, you will feel relaxed and calm for your treatment. We do recommend that you have a family member or friend transport you to and from our office for your safety.

Am I a Candidate?

The first step to discovering if you’re a candidate for sedation dentistry is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Griffin or another of our experienced dentists. Our office is proud to be known for applying sedation dentistry in a safe and comfortable environment.

The best candidates for sedation dentistry are those who are in need of it. During your consultation, we’ll address what your concerns are in a neutral environment, and how best to treat you. For candidates who are fearful of the dentist, whether it’s the sights, sounds, or smells, or just the thought of a lengthy treatment, we can help find a sedation dentistry method that fits their needs.

Contact Us in Florence, SC

Are you ready to conquer your fears and get the dental treatments you need? Contact us today at Advanced Dental Center of Florence, and schedule a consultation with one of our esteemed dentists. We’ll work with you to find a sedation dentistry method that works for your treatment, so that you can continue to live a healthy life with a beautiful smile.