If you suffer from dental anxiety or fear, you’re not alone. An estimated 36% of the population experiences anxiety, stress or fear associated with the dental setting, while an additional 12% have severe dental fear. Dental anxiety can prevent you from getting the care your smile needs, which impacts both your oral and general health. Numerous studies have shown that neglecting one’s oral health limits the ability to eat, talk and smile, which has a significant impact on quality of life. Smile! Dental Center is a judgment-free place with a warm and friendly environment. From the moment you walk through our door, we want you to feel at home. We encourage you to talk to our dentist Dr. Jarrett Foust or one of our team members about your smile goals, and also to let us know if dental anxiety is an issue. We’ll take additional precautions during treatment to ensure you’re relaxed and pain-free. You can leave fear at the door with soothing sedation dentistry in Gibsonia, PA delivered by a caring team dedicated to taking care of your unique needs.
Administered intravenously, this type of sedation is ideal for patients who are highly anxious or for lengthy, complex procedures. IV sedation is very effective due to its rapid sedative effects, as well as the ease of both changing the amount of sedation and stopping it. Prior to the procedure, drugs are administered intravenously into your bloodstream. During the procedure, our team carefully monitors your heart rate, blood oxygen levels, blood pressure and breathing. Although you remain conscious and can talk the entire time, the amnesic effects of the medication cause most patients to forget parts of the procedure, or even the entire experience. As with oral sedation, you’ll need a designated person to drive you home due to lingering effects of the drug.
Poor oral hygiene can have adverse effects including bad breath, gum disease, decay, infections and tooth loss. Neglecting your oral hygiene can also lead to more serious complications that affect your overall health. When you visit Smile! Dental Center for your biannual checkups, in addition to thoroughly cleaning your teeth, we screen for cavities, gum disease and oral cancer. If you have any of these conditions, it’s important to treat them in a timely manner to prevent tooth loss and systemic complications.
We don’t want to see anyone neglect their smile, whether due to dental anxiety or worries about affording care. If you have experienced dental anxiety in the past, we encourage you to consider sedation dentistry in Gibsonia, PA. In addition to providing you with an ultra-comfortable dental experience, we’re committed to making the process less painful on your pocketbook! We accept many insurance plans, file claims on your behalf, and partner with third-party financing companies. We also offer the Smile! Plan for uninsured patients, which makes getting essential dental care quite affordable.
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