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Managing Dental Anxiety

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is an abnormal and overwhelming sense of insecurity. It is characterized by apprehension, tension, sweating and fear in a given situation. Under stressful circumstances, the endocrine system produces cortisol, known as the stress hormone. All of the physiological manifestations occurring when one doubts his capacity to cope with a situation are generated by a high level of these hormones. Most of the time, the patient refers to nervousness. Anxiety differentiates from fear since the latter involves a real danger. We can pretty much say that we all had to cope with anxiety at least once in our lives.

Relaxation, the Key to a Positive Experience

Many patients suffer from dental phobias. For this reason, they avoid their dental treatment and jeopardize their oral health. Our role is to reassure you. We will explain how the treatment is performed and answer all of your questions. We know you might have had bad experiences that have left you with a high level of anxiety. In this situation, we can use conscious sedation to carry out your treatment more easily.

Known as “hilarious gas,” inhalational sedation uses a combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen. It allows you to remain conscious throughout the duration of the intervention, in a state of well-being and relaxation. It’s very safe, the uptake is rapid and the dose is easily adjustable. The nitrous oxide is completely excreted from the body quickly after the treatment, and recovery time varies from 3 to 5 minutes. You can, therefore, resume your activities immediately after your treatment. This method is often used in anxious and uncooperative children as well.

Keep in mind that you are not alone in your position. Many people suffer from dental phobia, but few are aware that there are ways to control it. If you are nervous or worried to the point of avoiding visits to the dentist, talk to him. He will not hesitate to recommend conscious sedation for a positive dental experience.