Work With Us To Face Your Dental Anxiety
Using conservative estimates 1 in 11 people in the United States avoids going to the dentist for routine care. Dental anxiety is a serious problem that can keep you from getting the preventive care that could help you maintain your healthy smile.
At the office of Walter D. Felton, DDS, we work with people every day who were once scared to set foot in a dentist office. How do we do this? Well, we make our patients’ needs one of our top priorities. When you come to our office in Chester, VA, every member of our team works hard to help you feel as comfortable possible.
You can learn more about our approach by reading today’s post. Better yet, experience for yourself. Call 804-392-0792 to make an appointment soon.
You Don’t Have To Face Your Fears Alone
We have been successful at helping patients learn to manage and overcome their fear of the dentist. One reason is that we want to know what your concerns are.
Dental anxiety doesn’t just happen. Usually there is a reason people feel this way. For many people, this anxiety is a direct result of a bad dental experience. We wish that wasn’t the case, but we know it happens, unfortunately. We also understand why that can make it difficult for you or someone you love to feel relaxed about visiting a new dentist.
Sedation dentistry is one of the best tools to help with this situation. Sedation can make it easier to sit in a dental chair. For some people, this becomes part of their routine. For others, sedation is what helped them get back in the office, but eventually, they find they no longer need it.
Inhaled sedation — which you probably know better as laughing gas — can help in invaluable ways. When you breathe the gas, you will feel its effects within a matter of minutes.
One of the key benefits of laughing gas is that it has an analgesic effect. Many people who have anxiety about dentistry are worried that treatments will be painful. With sedation, you can remain pain-free throughout your appointment.
In addition to that, laughing gas earned its nickname because it can help people feel euphoric. When you are in a relaxed state of mind, everything about your dental visit can seem easier to handle.
If you need something stronger than laughing gas, we also offer the option of oral sedation. This means taking a dose of medication prior to your appointment. These effects can last for a few hours. If you do choose this option, you should arrange for someone else to drive you to and from your appointment.
Some patients don’t like the idea of being sedated. Other find that they no longer need it after they get to know out dental professionals a little better.
Regardless, we want our office to be as comfortable as it can be for you. It’s why we have operatories that feel open with high ceilings. We also have chairs with lumbar support so you feel supported during your visits, whether you are getting dental cleaning or something more complex.
Let’s Work Together
At Dr. Felton’s office in Chester, VA, we are proud of the wide variety of services that we can provide for you. At the same time, we can only help if you visit us in person. This is why it’s so important to us to work with you to address any concerns that contribute to your dental anxiety.