If you experience fear or anxiety at the thought of going to the dentist, you’re not alone. The National Institute of Health reports that half of all Americans avoid the dentist and cite fear as the number one reason. 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.
Regardless of the trigger, we recognize that dental anxiety is real. At Wood Creek Dental, we understand those fears and are here to help. We are committed to providing a safe, comfortable, trusting, and non-judgmental environment for patients throughout upstate South Carolina who struggle with dental fear and anxiety.
Often, a compassionate, understanding and sensitive dentist and staff can make all the difference in enabling fearful patients to be able to relax and receive their treatment. Extra comfort measures, such as headphones tuned to your choice of music, blankets, and nitrous gas are also readily available to help alleviate anxiety and to assist in providing the utmost of comfort and care for our patients.
Sedation Dentistry to Ease Anxiety
For those who require more intervention for the successful treatment of their dental needs, we gladly offer the added benefits of sedation dentistry in our Greenville office.
If you’re interested in learning more about sedation dentistry to minimize your dental anxiety, contact Wood Creek Dental today online or by calling our Greenville office at 864-288-5300 to schedule your free sedation consultation. We serve patients throughout Greenville, Landrum, Simpsonville, and the entire upstate South Carolina area.
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. It can encompass a wide spectrum of alternatives for patients, from a light, oral medicine to a more controllable, IV-administered sedation medication.
At our Wood Creek Dental office in Greenville, we can offer various modes of sedation, but our focus is on IV sedation administered by an anesthesia professional. In this model of sedation, we have partnered with Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to bring a comprehensive approach to the many considerations of providing sedation in our Greenville dental practice and to maintain the highest safety measures possible.
This partnership allows our dentists to fully concentrate on your dental needs and treatment, while a skilled anesthesia professional is dedicated solely to administering and managing the specific level of sedation needed for your optimal comfort and safety throughout the entire appointment.
Our recommendation for your sedation will depend on your level of anxiety, the length of your treatment, your medical history, and any restrictive guidelines governed by the American Dental Association (ADA).
The Advantages of IV Sedation
- Administered and monitored by a highly trained anesthesia professional devoted entirely to your safety and comfort
- More efficiency in the treatment plan and less time for patient in the chair
- Specifically tailored to your needs based on your medical history and treatment complexity
- Short-acting with less of a lingering, groggy effect
- Greater control over the level of sedation needed (easily adjusted as needed throughout your appointment)
Candidates for Sedation Dentistry
Because the health of your mouth is vitally important to your overall health, we offer free sedation consultations to patients desiring to explore the option of sedation dentistry and to determine if you are a candidate. We are happy to discuss your needs in person and determine how we can best help with your dental care. Avoiding the dentist because of past trauma or fear of pain, 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:
- Anxiety or an intense phobia of the dentist
- Experienced past dental trauma
- A sensitive gag reflex
- Years of dental work to catch up on
- A complex or lengthy treatment plan
- A desire to combine several treatments into one relaxing, stress-free visit
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Read What Our Patients Have to Say!
Thank you all for taking such good care of me. Walking in, my anxiety level went from a hard 10 to a soft 2. Your patience did not go unnoticed. — Brenda B.
I went in yesterday to have 2 old fillings replaced. Due to past experiences at other places, my dental anxiety was real, but Dr. Hunt and his staff cured me of that yesterday. I was in and out in less than an hour, and my recovery has been so minimal that I haven't even had to take any ibuprofen. Thank you so much Wood Creek Dental! — Sarah M.
I am so happy to have found Wood Creek Dental. I went in for a second opinion and they were all wonderful. From Andi to Dr. Phillip I felt so at ease and respected as a patient. I was looking into sedation dentistry due to being anxious at the dentist office in the past but they made me feel so at ease I feel I can have the work done without sedation. Thank you for great customer service. — LaNaeh W.
Contact Us to Experience Painless Dentistry Services
At Wood Creek Dental, we believe that everyone deserves to have a healthy, beautiful smile. With the combination of having a caring and understanding staff, using the latest and safest technology, and providing a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere, 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 prevent you from getting the care you need. If you’re interested in learning more about sedation dentistry, contact our Wood Creek Dental Greenville office today online or by calling 864-288-5300 to schedule your free sedation consultation. We serve patients throughout Greenville, Landrum, Simpsonville, and the entire upstate South Carolina area.