Posts for tag: dental anxiety

By Dr. Hughes
April 04, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Does the idea of going to the dentist make your heart race and your palms sweat? Do you postpone even routine dental check-ups dental anxietybecause you're just too afraid to go? Then, sedation dentistry from Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, IL may be for you. Fully credentialed in IV sedation, Dr. Christopher Hughes and his dedicated team deliver the care you need while completely eliminating the fear factor.

What causes dental anxiety

Many people fear dental procedures for a variety of reasons. Many adults avoid the dentist completely because they feel so anxious.

Reasons for their fear can include:

  • Past bad experiences at a dental office
  • Dislike of needles, drills or other dental instruments
  • Claustrophobia
  • Inability to sit still for extended periods of time
  • Apprehension about pain
  • Embarrassment over the condition of their teeth and gums

The way out

You can handle your dental fear. In fact, Dr. Hughes can help you eliminate it completely with his kind attitude, careful explanations  and  gentle touch. Additionally, Dr. Hughes offers local anesthetic to numb areas of the mouth, and for extensive dental procedures or for people who are very nervous, he recommends IV sedation.

IV sedation is a fully monitored way to deliver medication which allows the patient to relax or even sleep through his or her procedures. To qualify for IV sedation dentistry in Herrin, Dr. Hughes will review your medical history and current medications. He'll also ask you to bring an adult relative or friend along to drive you home after your treatments.

During your procedures

Your vital signs (breathing, heart rate and oxygen levels) will be monitored carefully. You'll relax in the dental chair, and the dentist will introduce your anti-anxiety medication into a thin needle inserted into your arm. Your level of consciousness and comfort will be watched as well, and the medication may be adjusted up or down as needed.

When your treatments are complete, you'll wake up easily. However, you likely will have little memory of your dental procedures. You'll go home to rest accompanied by your adult driver.

What procedures qualify?

Your dentist may use IV sedation for most any preventive, restorative or cosmetic treatment. Much depends on what triggers your anxiety and of course, on how complex your procedures are. Dr. Hughes fully explains IV sedation to his patients ahead of time so they fully understand what medication they will receive and how they will feel during and after their treatments.

Forget the stress

And, get the healthy smile you deserve. If sedation dentistry in Herrin, IL sounds like something you wish to explore, call Hughes Dental Arts Centre for a personal consultation: (618) 993-3100.

By Dr. Hughes
January 11, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn more about sedation dentistry from your Herrin dentist.

Have you been considering sedation for your next dental appointment but aren't sure if it's the right option for you? Dr. Christopher sedation dentistryHughes, your Herrin, IL cosmetic dentist, shares some information that will help you decide.

No more cancelled appointments

It's hard to keep dental appointments if you're fearful about the experience. Unfortunately, the longer you delay the appointment, the worse decay and other problems can become. Sedation helps you remain calm during your appointment. Taking an oral sedative before your appointment will help you ensure that you're relaxed the moment you arrive at your appointment. If you choose oral sedation, you will need to ask a friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment.

A less stressful experience

When you're feeling stressed, dental visits are anything but pleasant. Unfortunately, stress can also heighten your sensitivity to pain, making your visit even more difficult. Sedatives reduce anxiety and help you feel calm and in control. Inhaled conscious sedation, also called laughing gas, is a good choice if you're a little nervous about a procedure or just need a little help during a dental exam. Since laughing gas wears off almost immediately, you can drive home after your visit.

An end to bad memories

In some cases, people develop dental fears and phobias due to bad experiences at the dentist. We understand your concerns and are committed to providing a comfortable, pain-free visit. Sedation offers the perfect way to make your next visit, and every visit in the future, more pleasant. Every good dental experience will help you create positive memories that will hopefully help you feel less fearful.

Fewer appointments

If you have a dental phobia, long visits may be so overwhelming that you must break dental procedures into several short appointments instead. Longer appointments will no longer be a problem if you choose a sedation option, such as intravenous conscious sedation. Before your treatment or exam begins, you'll receive medication through an intravenous (IV) line placed in your arm. Since the effects of the sedative can linger, someone must drive you home if you choose the IV option.

Sedation dentistry can take the fear out of dental visits. Call Dr. Hughes, your Herrin, IL cosmetic dentist, at (618) 993-3100 to schedule your appointment.

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