October 4, 2017
Maybe you had a bad experience at a dental office when you were younger. Or perhaps you just hate the sounds and smells you associate with the dentist. You could even have financial concerns. No matter the source of your discomfort, we can help relieve your dental anxiety with dental sedation options at Community Shores Dental if you call us at 231-366-4182.
At our Norton Shores, MI dentist office, Dr. Christopher Sortman, Dr. Kyle Gies, and our friendly team of dental professionals understand it’s not simply a matter of “getting over it” if you have dental anxiety. Instead of making you feel judged for your oral health, we will treat you with patience and compassion. We’re here to help you, not make things worse, after all!
Dental sedation is a great option for patients that get a little anxious at the dentist, as has been mentioned. But sedation dentistry has many applications beyond that. Here are just a few situations where dental sedation may help:
- Patients in need of multiple and/or time-consuming dental procedures
- People with a bad gag reflex
- Visitors that have very sensitive teeth
- Patients with special needs that may need help relaxing
- People with Parkinson’s disease, ADHD, or other conditions that may prevent them from sitting still
- Visitors in need of potentially uncomfortable procedures that have a low pain threshold
So you don’t have to stress about fitting the dental care you need into your already chaotic schedule, we provide flexible hours outside the normal nine-to-five. Our office is open early at 7:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday and we also stay late until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays.
To take any financial anxiety out of the equation, we accept an assortment of payment options. We even offer our own in-house financing for patients that do not have dental insurance currently.
Find The Right Dental Sedation Option For Your Dental Anxiety
When you visit our Norton Shores, MI dentist office, you will be greeted warmly by smiling faces. Our team is trained to help you feel comfortable from the moment you arrive. We will listen intently to what you have to say so we can provide the most patient-centered experience possible.
Because everyone is different, we offer multiple levels of dental sedation that we can even combine in some cases. To help you determine the type and level of sedation that will suit your needs best, we will discuss your health history, dental records, and personal concerns with you. Here are some basics on the four levels of sedation we can provide:
- Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as “laughing gas,” takes effect very quickly to produce a mild euphoria and wears off just as fast
- Oral conscious sedation comes in the form of a pill that we’ll prescribe during an initial consultation and direct you to take about an hour before your appointment so you can arrive completely relaxed; you’ll need someone to drive you to and from your visit
- IV sedation produces a dreamlike state in a matter of seconds and can help people with moderate to severe dental anxiety relax under our careful administration and observation
- General anesthesia, the strongest form of dental sedation we offer, is often used for major surgeries and can help even the most phobic patients feel at ease
Nitrous oxide wears off very quickly so you can drive yourself to and from your appointment. All other forms of dental sedation we provide will require you to get a trusted friend or family member to do the driving.
On top of the various dental sedation options we can provide to help you relax, we also offer a variety of comfort options to improve your visit, including heated massage chairs in our semi-private care rooms.
So you won’t feel rushed, we can also provide extended appointments by request. We’ll work at your pace and answer any questions you have as we go!
Whether you’re visiting us for a routine dental cleaning and exam or a full-mouth reconstruction, we will do all we can to make your experience with us as pleasant as possible! If there’s any chance of discomfort during a treatment, we will numb the area with an anesthetic so you won’t feel a thing!
To treat yourself to a team that will understand your dental anxiety and do everything possible to help you overcome it, call Community Shores Dental at 231-366-4182. You can also book using our online form or visit our Norton Shores, MI dentist office in person to schedule or ask a team member questions.