Are you anxious or afraid of the dentist? You are not alone!
75% of all adults have some degree of dental fear, with 10% having severe anxiety that keeps them from going to the dentist at all. Dr. Monteiro and her team make every effort to make you comfortable and relaxed for your dental treatment. We also offer sedation for patients with moderate to severe dental anxiety. Read on to learn more.
At River Oaks Dental, we work with you to keep you as comfortable as possible and minimize the stress associated with receiving dental treatment. Here’s how we do it:
1) Let’s get to know each other! You aren’t just another patient to us- you are our family! Dr. Monteiro and her staff take time to talk with you, answer any questions, and address any concerns you have before beginning any dental treatment.
2) You’re in charge! Need a break in the middle of your cleaning? Just tell us! Prefer the lights dimmed while you relax while the numbing takes effect? Absolutely! Are you always cold at the dentist’s office? We have blankets to keep you warm.
3) Relax before your treatment with a cup of herbal tea or fruit infused filtered water. Lay back in our massaging chairs and catch up on your favorite TV show while we complete your dental treatment. Tune out the noise with noise cancelling headphones.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a safe and effective method to manage dental anxiety. By placing a small mask over your nose, Dr. Monteiro administers this sweet-smelling gas before she begins your treatment. It works rapidly and helps patients have a relaxing dental appointment. Its effects are immediately gone upon removing the mask, so you can go about your day as usual after your appointment!
The above methods are effective for many patients in managing dental anxiety, but sometimes it’s not enough. That’s when sedation dentistry may be right for you.
People who may be candidates for sedation dentistry include patients with:
Dr. Monteiro has received advanced training by DOCS, a leading organization for dental oral sedation. This has enabled Dr. Monteiro to offer minimal sedation to her patients to ensure safe, comfortable, and stress-free dental care. At your appointment, you will be completely comfortable and relaxed while Dr. Monteiro and her team take care of your dental needs. At all times, your vital signs will be monitored by hospital grade monitoring equipment to provide the safest treatment possible. With minimal sedation, Dr. Monteiro can complete treatment that typically takes dozen appointments in as little as one or two visits! If you have put off dental care due to anxiety or have endured uncomfortable visits in the past, please let Dr. Monteiro or any of her compassionate team members know. Call River Oaks Dental today to schedule a complimentary sedation consultation, where you can meet with Dr. Monteiro and discuss if minimal sedation is right for you.