Dental Care Without the Fear

Afraid of going to the dental office? Well now you can relax! Do you feel nervous simply from the idea of going to the dentist? Has anxiety actually stopped you from going to that teeth cleaning or some other preventive dental treatment?

"The dentist" is one of the most widespread phobias in the USA. Just about 50% of the population can feel nervous or uncomfortable about going to the dentist or getting dental procedures completed.

Our team has dedicated themselves to making patients comfortable and at ease in the course of dental exams and procedures. Very little else makes a difference without having a caring and understanding staff by your side.

We will by no means make an individual feel uncomfortable about their dental needs, and we seek to fully understand and care for patients as unique individuals

Listed here are probably the most well-known dental fears:

  • Fear of embarrassment regarding the current condition of their teeth
  • Fear of gagging
  • Fear of injections
  • Fear of loss of control
  • Fear of not getting numb when injected with Novocain
  • Fear of being in pain
  • Fear of the dental professional as a person
  • Fear of the hand piece (or perhaps the drill)
  • Fear of the unknown
  • Fear of dental sounds and scents

Recently available technological innovations have meant that in some cases, dentists can get rid of loud drills and provide quick and reliable treatment. Additionally there are numerous types of harmless anesthetics designed to do away with pain and reduce anxiety in the course of regular appointments. Our office has additionally been uniquely built to set you at ease by getting rid of many of the sights, sounds and scents of a common dental office you might associate along with your previous dental appointments.

Comfort Treatment Options

Dr. Li and the Transformation Dental Partner's team have effective sedation capabilities. We can provide many levels of comfort.

Topical & Local Anesthesia

We begin with a topical solution that 'pre-numbs' the injection area. Then the local anesthesia is used to completely numb the area being treated. This temporarily blocks feeling to the nerve and should last one to two hours or longer.

Nitrous Oxide Gas

Nitrous oxide gas (laughing gas) is especially useful for highly apprehensive patients. The transformations are oftentimes astounding. Someone who was anxious walking into treatment is now completely relaxed.

Conscious Sedation

One of the major benefits of oral conscious sedation dentistry is that people often feel like their dental procedure lasts only a few minutes, when in fact it might have taken hours to perform. Therefore, complex dental procedures such as complete smile makeovers or extensive smile restoration procedures that normally require multiple visits can often be performed in fewer, but longer, appointments. In fact, some patients, who have no fear of the dentist whatsoever, are using sedation dentistry to pack three or four dental appointments into one long one that they won't remember.

General Anesthesia (IV Sedation)

You can choose a technique available to patients who suffer from being afraid to visit the dentist and who often suffer with diseased teeth as a consequence of that fear. At the office of Dr. Li, a highly qualified specialist anesthetist is right there at the dental treatment and administers medication through an IV that makes you completely unaware of your surroundings. As you sleep away, you will not know that dental treatment is taking place. Oddly enough you will still be able to hear Dr. Li if he or she tells you something or asks you to open your mouth wider. When the procedure is finished, you immediately wake and you won’t remember any of the dentistry. This will reduce stress and anxiety, which accompany treatment. There is no awareness of treatment during the entire procedure. Pulse, blood pressure and respiration are continually monitored throughout the procedure. The body rapidly metabolizes these types of anesthetic agents, allowing for a quick recovery.

Defeating Fear

Within an open and caring environment, patients will be offered dental care recognizing they aren't getting judged or simply looked down upon due to their nervousness about dental care. We strive to do well at the technical facets of dental care but just as important we strive to look after the patient's emotional needs. If you have any concerns or questions about how exactly Dr. Li can help you get over fear and anxiety, please call our dental office.

Here are some tips in lowering dental anxiety and fear:

  • Talk with Dr. Li - Despite the fact that it can be challenging to talk about irrational fears with a stranger, Dr. Li may take additional precautions during appointments if worries and stress are communicated. This way, collectively, they may identify any specific worries or fears and work at alleviating these types of concerns.
  • Bring an iPod - Music acts as a relaxant and in addition drowns out any fear-producing sounds. Enjoying some comforting music in the course of this appointment will greatly reduce anxiety.
  • Decide on a sign - Quite a few people are afraid that the dentist will not likely know they may be in considerable discomfort throughout the appointment, but will carry on the procedure no matter what. The best way to fix this problem is to decide on a "stop" hand sign with the dentist. Both sides can easily understand signs like raising the arm or tapping on the chair.
  • Use a sore throat spray - Throat sprays (such as, Vicks® Chloraseptic® Throat Spray) may actually control the gag response. A couple of sprays will usually keep the reflex within check for about one hour.
  • Take a mirror with you - Not being able to view what is happening can increase anxiety and make the imagination run wild. Observing the process might help keep actuality at the forefront of the mind.
  • Sedation - Choosing a comfortable level of sedation provides an excellent option for many individuals.
  • Talk to us about the procedure - Be sure to let us know the extent and depth of treatment plan explanations you would like
  • Talk about all the choices with Dr. Li and choose one that works well and generates minimal anxiety.