High Anxiety Doesn’t Need to Be Your Trip to Our Office

There are things to be afraid of: clowns, various Presidential candidates, sea monkeys, haggis, your mother-in-law, and Survivor 27. Coming to see Dr. Miller for a cleaning and exam shouldn’t be one of them. That’s why Dr. Miller offers sedation for his patients who need it.

Some people, whether it’s due to a past bad experience or just one too many viewings of Marathon Man (“Is it safe?”), have an extreme fear of the dentist. While it may not be based in the reality of modern dentistry the fear is real. That’s why we offer sedation to take the edge off.

Who should opt for sedation?

Sedation DentistryDental anxiety can make a patient skip or delay routine appointments and other needed trips to our office. This can create problems down the road that never would have come up with regular maintenance and attention. Sedation can help patients overcome their fears. Sedation is useful for patients with the following traits:

  • You have a high level of anxiety about the dentist.
  • You have had bad experiences in the past.
  • You have difficulty responding to local anesthesia.
  • You have a strong gag reflex.
  • You have TMJ troubles and cannot keep your mouth open for extended periods.
  • You are afraid of needles.
  • You have very sensitive teeth.
  • The smells and sounds of the dentist have negative associations.
  • Your procedure will be lengthy.

The sedation we use

Dr. Miller uses conscious IV sedation to help his patients. Conscious IV sedation is not “general sedation,” where the patient is completely unconscious. In conscious IV sedation the patient remains conscious but is in a state of deep relaxation. The patient can communicate with Dr. Miller and is able to follow instructions, but will remember little or nothing of the appointment afterwards.

Many dentists offer “sleep dentistry” where they employ oral sedatives prior to beginning the appointment. Dr. Miller prefers the safer and more reliable alternative of IV conscious sedation because the dosage can be adjusted throughout the appointment to fit the patient. Plus, we can give the patient the reversal agent to bring them back to normal consciousness in just minutes.

So, fear that upcoming trip from your mother-in-law, but don’t fear your next regular appointment with Dr. Miller. Call us at 503-640-9310 and let’s talk about sedation dentistry.

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