For many people, dental anxiety is a serious issue that threatens their oral health and overtime, their overall health and well being. There are many reasons why people suffer with a fear of the dentist, but the most common is a previous bad experience. Fear of the dentist is a leading cause of poor oral health and tooth loss. Avoiding the dentist not only increases your risk for tooth decay and gum disease, it also allows small concerns to become complex problems. Sedation dentistry can help you overcome your anxiety and get back to smiling again.
Dr. Don Alexander welcomes patients who have been away from the dentist due to dental anxiety. Our team strives to provide personalized, compassionate care for patients who feel fearful or stressed when visiting the dentist. We will take the time necessary to discuss your concerns, provide informative care, and find the best solution to make you feel relaxed and comfortable. We offer sedation dentistry to enable patients to receive the dental care they need with minimal stress and discomfort.
Jacksonville dentist Dr. Alexander understands dental phobia and offers sedation dentistry to patients who would like to feel relaxed during a dental procedure. Sedation dentistry enables Dr. Alexander to provide preventive, restorative or cosmetic dental treatments while a patient relaxes comfortably in an “awake” state, but feels no pain or anxiety.
Relax At the Dentist: Sedation Options
Sedation in the dentist office has revolutionized the patient experience. Anxious and fearful patients now have options to meet their needs which enable them to feel calm, relaxed and stress-free during their treatment. Sedation dentistry makes it easier to maintain, restore and enhance your oral health.
Dr. Alexander works with patients on an individualized basis to determine the most suitable option for your needs and overall health. We offer:
- Oral sedation: administered in pill form, oral sedation may require an at home dose to ensure your complete comfort during treatment. This type of sedation also takes several hours to completely wear off. For these reasons, patients will need to have a ride or be escorted to and from their appointments.
- Nitrous Oxide: also known as “laughing gas”, nitrous oxide is administered via a tiny cannula placed beneath the nose. Another added benefit is that the gas takes effect and wears off almost immediately, enabling patients to drive themselves to and from their appointment. In some cases, several treatments can be completed while the patient is under sedation, saving time, money, and anxiety.
If you suffer from poor oral health or an uncomfortable bite but have been avoiding the dentist due to fear and anxiety, we welcome you to our Jacksonville dentist office. To make an appointment, contact us at 904.372.8157 or request an appointment online. We look forward to helping you get back to smiling comfortably.