For some, the dentist is a scary prospect. For others, the dentist is no big deal. For those that have a fear of the dentist, dental visits can be debilitating. It isn’t easy for these individuals to get even routine cleanings or check-ups. A great dentist is a huge health ally. Dr. Yvonne Szyperski of North Bay Smiles in Petaluma, CA can help you get over your fear of the dentist. So, you can receive the routine care necessary to have a beautiful and healthy smile, which supports your overall well-being.
A Common Concern: Fear of the Dentist
Being fearful of the dentist is not uncommon. Many people are afraid of the dentist, even to the point that they cannot get their teeth cleaned. We welcome any questions or concerns that you may have. Along with her team, Dr. Szyperski looks forward to talking you through the process and helping you to rethink the dental visit. Modern dentistry is gentle and safe. We have many methods to help you have the most pleasant experience in the treatment chair. Your treatment may be accompanied by a medication that helps you to relax. Sedative options at our office include:
- Nitrous oxide – “Laughing gas,” as it’s known, is a colorless and odorless gas that provides light sedation for patients with mild anxiety. Effective and safe for most patients (even children), its effects are quickly reversed with oxygen administration. So, you can get back to your day right away without feeling drowsy or groggy.
- Oral conscious sedation – An option for patients with more severe dental fear, this prescription medication is matched to each patient’s needs. We will instruct you on when to take the pill prior to your appointment. These pills induce a state of relaxation. Due to lingering drowsiness, it is important to arrange transportation to and from our practice.
Our team takes great care to make sure you are comfortable and understand the steps involved with your visit. Sometimes, the unknown and misunderstandings about dental procedures fuel dental fear and anxiety. We provide complete and frequent communication and open dialogue that fosters comfort and trust. Ultimately, it is our goal to get you in a healthy routine: regular visits that prevent and resolve problems, which otherwise would threaten the health of your mouth and body. For instance, advanced gum disease is considered a risk factor for many serious medical conditions, including heart disease.
North Bay Smiles and Dr. Szyperski can help ease the fear that stands in the way of your best, healthiest smile. Call (707) 306-8001 to schedule an appointment with us.
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