How To Overcome Dental Anxiety

Sedation Dentistry Lancaster CAAt Premier Dental Care in Palmdale & Lancaster, CA, we provide sedation dentistry options to patients who suffer from dental anxiety or fear of the dentist. Dental anxiety often prevents new patients from scheduling their preventative care appointments because they want to avoid sitting in the dental chair. Our dentist offices prioritize patient comfort and will do everything possible to ensure that you have a positive patient experience. Learn the answers to frequently asked questions about how to overcome dental anxiety with sedation dentistry options:

I have dental anxiety. What can be done?

At our Palmdale & Lancaster dentist offices, we encourage patients to ask questions at any point during their dental care. If you are unsure about some of the dental terminology or technology that we may utilize during your appointment, feel free to ask us to stop and explain. We believe an informed patient is a healthy patient and aim to provide you with all the information you may need to know about caring for your dental health. Patients with dental anxiety may also consider bringing a friend with them to their dental appointments or listening to their favorite music while sitting in the dental chair to distract themselves from the noise. If these methods do not work in keeping you calm and comfortable while sitting in the dental chair, ask your doctor about your sedation dentistry options. 

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Yes, sedation dentistry is safe and commonly used in dentist offices worldwide. Our offices provide two different options for sedation: IV Sedation and Oral Conscious Sedation. IV sedation is administered into your bloodstream through an IV. This type of sedation takes effect immediately so the patient can rest comfortably during their procedure. Oral conscious sedation is administered in pill form several hours before a scheduled procedure. Patients will feel completely relaxed but will remain alert and responsive during treatment with oral conscious sedation. If you are unsure which form of dental sedation is right for you, talk to your doctor about your sedation dentistry options during your next visit to our Palmdale or Lancaster dentist office.

Is sedation dentistry right for me?

Sedation dentistry isn’t only for people with severe dental anxiety. It can also be beneficial to patients that have special needs, disabilities, or movement disorders who may have trouble getting their regular dental care. Additionally, many of our younger patients who struggle to sit still during our routine dental care may benefit from sedation options. Even if you do not suffer from dental anxiety but still want to pursue a more comfortable patient experience, sedation dentistry could be for you. Your dentist can combine sedation and anesthetic to make your dental experience as pain-free and comfortable as possible. Schedule a consultation with our Palmdale or Lancaster dentist office to find out if sedation dentistry is right for you.