If you experience fear or anxiety at the thought of going to the dentist, you’re not alone. An estimated 75 million people in the U.S. have a level of apprehension when it comes to going to the dentist’s office. In many cases, the anxiety stems from a past traumatic dental experience. In others, it might originate from having sensitive teeth and gums, causing the necessary dental treatment to be uncomfortable, or even painful.
At Wood Creek Dental in Greenville and Landrum, we understand those fears and are here to help. Sedation dentistry is an alternative we offer to our patients throughout upstate South Carolina to assist in managing and overcoming dental anxiety. We recognize that not everyone is comfortable receiving dental treatment. We are sensitive to that fact and are eager to address and help alleviate any dental anxiety concerns you may have.
If you’re interested in learning more about sedation dentistry to minimize your dental anxiety, contact Wood Creek Dental today online or by calling 864-214-3934 in Greenville and 864-469-2626 in Landrum to schedule your free sedation consultation. We serve patients throughout Greenville, Landrum, Simpsonville, and the entire upstate South Carolina area.
“I am terrified of going to the dentist! Sedation is a great way to get dental work done. It was a wonderful experience, and I would recommend it to anyone who is fearful of treatment. Thank you for treating me kindly and with understanding. I am beyond appreciative!” – Nicole G.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is the practice of using sedatives to help a patient feel more comfortable and relaxed for their dental procedure. Our mission is to successfully treat high-fear patients who suffer from this anxiety. While many patients opt for sedation before undergoing lengthy procedures such as root canals or dental implant placement, this option is available for a variety of cosmetic and general dental treatments.
At Wood Creek Dental we want to assure our patients that we take their comfort seriously and happily provide this option. If you feel that sedation is necessary for your dental care, let us know. We are here to make your dental experience as comfortable and pleasant as possible.
Candidates for Sedation Dentistry
Because the health of your mouth is vitally important to your overall health, we offer sedation dentistry to help those with anxiety get the dental work they need. Many people forgo trips to the dentist because of past traumas or fear of the pain they may experience. This can lead to a host of dental issues including, but not limited to, tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.
Sedation dentistry is great for those who have:
- Slight anxiety or an intense phobia of the dentist
- Experienced past dental trauma
- A bad gag reflex
- Difficulty getting numb or an aversion to needles
- Years of dental work to catch up on
- A desire to combine several treatments into one relaxing, stress-free visit
At Wood Creek Dental, we use oral conscious sedation in the form of pills for our sedation dentistry. Depending on the dosage given, this type of delivery can be used for minimal or moderate sedation. A smaller dose is used for less invasive procedures or for patients who experience anxiety for cleanings. A larger dose can be given to those who wish to have multiple procedures performed all during one longer appointment.
You will likely not remember any of your treatment at all, or only remember getting ready to go home once it is completed. It may feel as if you have "slept" through your appointment, but you will actually remain conscious throughout your time in the chair. We require that you have someone drive you to and from your sedation appointment.
We use oral conscious sedation for several reasons, including:
- It’s safe and effective
- It allows us to perform lengthier dental procedures
- The medication stays in your system for several hours following your appointment to prevent discomfort after your procedure
- Pills are easier for most patients to take than sedation given through injection
Contact an Experienced Sedation Dentist Today
At Wood Creek Dental, we believe that everyone deserves to have a healthy, beautiful smile. With the combination of using the latest technology, providing a relaxing atmosphere, and a caring and understanding staff, you can feel good knowing that your concerns are heard and steps are taken to ensure a positive experience for you from start to finish.
Don’t let dental anxiety stop you from getting the care you need. If you’re interested in learning more about sedation dentistry, contact Wood Creek Dental today online or by calling 864-214-3934 in Greenville and 864-469-2626 in Landrum to schedule your free sedation consultation. We serve patients throughout Greenville, Landrum, Simpsonville, and the entire upstate South Carolina area.