Is dental phobia keeping you from getting the dental care you desperately need? Are you facing extensive treatment, whether for fillings, cosmetic dentistry or implant dentistry, which you cannot fathom handling without being “out”? If this scenario describes you, you may need more than our usual comfort techniques (local anesthetic for numbing area to be treated, waiting for a tooth or gum area to be completely numb prior to treatment, nitrous oxide, etc.) to get through your appointment. For you — and others like you — we offer oral conscious sedation dentistry in Totowa and Fairfield, Essex County, New Jersey. Many patients from North Jersey visit our practice. Call 973-227-8998 today to learn more.
Conquering Dental Phobia for Patients
At Aesthetic Dental Care of New Jersey, we understand dental phobia. At our Totowa location we assist patients with dental phobia from New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Dr. Jerry M. Strauss offers both conscious oral sedation dentistry and IV sedation dentistry to patients with extreme dental anxiety.
Is Dental Phobia Common?
Dental phobia is very common. It is estimated that 9% to 15% of Americans (up to 40 million people) suffer from some form of dental anxiety. In a study of people who do not regularly see a dentist, 36% of those questioned listed fear as the main reason they do not get regular checkups.
What Causes Dental Anxiety?
As with most phobias, there are various reasons that patients suffer from dental anxiety. Some of the main reasons for dental phobia include pain (more specifically the fear of pain), past negative dental experiences, embarrassment or self-consciousness of current dental health, and feelings of helplessness or loss of control.
Will I Sleep Through My Dentistry Treatment?
Although you may feel like you are asleep, the conscious sedation methods used for dental phobia at Aesthetic Dental Care of New Jersey do not cause you to sleep.
What Are Some Safe Ways to Deal With Dental Phobia?
Depending on the level of your fear, you may be able to deal with your dental phobia simply by meeting with our Totowa, New Jersey, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Jerry M. Strauss. By discussing your fears with Dr. Strauss before any procedures, you may learn information and techniques that will ease your anxiety.
If you have a heightened level of dental phobia, Totowa-based Aesthetic Dental Care of New Jersey offers two methods of conscious sedation dentistry. Using these methods, you will be in a relaxed state during your procedure and will have very little recollection of the treatment.
Do I Have to Go to a Hospital for Any Procedures?
No. All of the conscious sedation procedures used for dental phobia can be performed at our Totowa, New Jersey, dental office. Dr. Glen Atlas, a Board Certified anesthesiologist, uses hospital quality equipment at Aesthetic Dental Care of New Jersey.
My Fear of Needles is Greater Than My Dental Phobia. Can Needles Be Avoided?
Although Aesthetic Dental Care of New Jersey offers IV sedation dentistry, we also offer oral conscious sedation dentistry. There are no needles involved in the latter dental phobia treatment. Once you are sedated, there may be needles used to administer Novocain, but you may not be aware of them. Many of the other processes that used to involve needles can be completed through other methods including laser dentistry.
What Is Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry and How Does It Work?
With conscious sedation dentistry, you will be given a small pill to take an hour prior to your dental appointment. By the time you arrive (with the aid of a companion), you will be very drowsy. No IV needles are needed. To aid in your relaxation, you will be provided with headphones, a neck pillow and a blanket. A trained assistant will use a pulse oximeter to monitor your vital signs throughout your procedure. Your relaxed state will mimic the feeling of sleep (and you may even doze off), but you will have the ability to answer any questions or react to any instructions given by our LVI dentist. While you are under sedation, Dr. Strauss will perform all necessary dental work at our Totowa, New Jersey, dental office. When your procedures are complete, we will gently wake you. You may have no memory of the procedures thanks to sedation dentistry.
Most patients who suffer from dental phobia would prefer to have no recollection of their treatment. If this statement describes you, then you are in luck. The medication used in the sedation dentistry procedures at Aesthetic Dental Care of New Jersey creates an amnesia-like state in which you may have little, if any, recollection of your procedure.
If you have neglected your teeth due to dental anxiety and you are now seeking treatment, you should not feel embarrassed about the current state of your dental health. Dr. Strauss and our team are only interested in getting you through your dental phobia to optimal dental health. You will not be judged for your past avoidance of the dentist. We would rather praise you for conquering your fear and seeking treatment!
Will I Feel Any Pain During My Sedation Procedure?
No, you should feel nothing!
Will I Be Unconscious?
No, you will be in a deeply relaxed state, and you will be responsive.
Will I Be Monitored During My Sedation Procedure?
Yes, one of our team members is always with you, and your vital signs are monitored during the entire visit. You are never alone during your oral conscious sedation dentistry procedure at Aesthetic Dental Care of New Jersey.
How Long Will I Be Relaxing?
Depending on your needs, it may be from two to six hours.
Will Someone Need to Accompany Me?
Yes, due to the sedative effects of the medication, you will need someone to drive you to our office and home again.
Who Is a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
Excellent candidates for oral conscious sedation dentistry are people who have:
- High fear of the dentist
- Difficulty getting numb
- Very sensitive teeth
- Limited time to complete dental care
- Hatred for the noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care
- Traumatic dental experiences
- A bad gag reflex
- Complex dental problems
- A fear of needles and shots
- Embarrassment about their teeth
When Can I Go Home?
Almost as soon as your treatment is completed, your companion can return you to your home to finish your comfortable, relaxing day.