Dental care can cause feelings of anxiety and even fear in many patients.
Needles, in particular, can be a source of fear for many patients.
Nevertheless, we want to work with you to provide the dental care that you need to keep your mouth healthy and strong. This is true whether you are receiving basic care or going through a more complicated procedure.
At Dental Implants and Periodontology Of Arizona, the patient in our chair is our primary focus.
We want to understand why you might be concerned. Our dentist and our staff are here to listen and to help all our patients in and around Phoenix, AZ.
We have learned many things in our more than 30 years of providing dental care. One of those things is that it is easier to treat patients who are relaxed.
It is hard to feel anxious and calm at the same time. This is why we offer a variety of comfort options to all our patients.
When you sit down in any of our examination chairs, we have several ways that we can help you feel more cozy.
If you would like a blanket or a pillow, all you have to do is ask. If you are bothered by the lights that we use to examine the inside of your mouth, we can provide protection for your eyes.
With many types of dental care, we will start with a local anesthetic to numb the part of your mouth that needs treatment.
For patients who have a fear of needles, this moment can be scary. This is why we start with a topical anesthetic. Your mouth is partially numbed so you won’t feel anything at all when the full anesthetic is applied.
We Focus On One Patient At A Time
Many dentist offices will schedule a number of patients at the same time. Sure, this can help the practice bring in more income, but is it the best thing for you, the patient?
Instead of rushing from one patient to the next, our dentist, Dr. Komarnyckyj, prefers to take his time to make sure you are getting the proper treatment during your visit.
We can schedule longer appointments to help patients with dental anxiety. We don’t want you to feel hurried during your procedure.
If you start to feel overwhelmed, let us know. By taking a break, you can keep yourself composed, and we can proceed at a pace that allows you to remain comfortable.
Technology is another way we try to make your procedure more comfortable.
One example of this is the intraoral cameras that we use to treat gum disease. In 2002, we became the first dentist office in Arizona to incorporate perioscopy into our practice.
Our small cameras allow us to provide more effective treatment without invasive surgeries or the discomfort that follows.
For some patients, the things we have mentioned above are still not enough to help them relaxed. You may need something more to help you block out the sights and sounds of dental care. You may need an extra step to keep calm.
This is why we provide sedation dentistry.
Through oral conscious sedation, you can receive the dental care that you need without having to worry about what is happening.
When people are anxious or scared, they can experience what has been called the “fight or flight” response. Either of those options could be a problem for the dental professional trying to care for you.
People who are relaxed and calm do not feel a need to fight for survival or run away from the situation. Oral conscious sedation induces a state of relaxation.
This starts when you take a pill before coming to your appointment. Please note that you will need someone else to bring you to our office and to take you home.
By the time your treatment begins, you may feel drowsy or even fall asleep. In either case, you won’t remember much if any of your procedure. You will stay calm. You will remain relaxed, and you will get the dental care that you need to keep your mouth healthy.
The effects of your medication can last for a few hours, so we recommend that you rest after your family member or friend takes you home.
Which Comfort Options Will Help You?
Please contact us if you have any questions about the comfort or sedation options we offer in our dentist office in Phoenix. Call 602-842-6841 or fill out our online form to contact Dental Implants and Periodontology Of Arizona.
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