At Smiles Dental in Camas, Washington, we understand that many people feel anxiety over seeing the dentist. This fairly common phenomenon often prevents people from getting treated, which in the long run will make any underlying issues worse. Preventative maintenance by your dentist is vital to keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay. Our dentists, Dr. Landon King and Dr. Burke Jardine want our patients to have the best possible experience while they are with us, so we are pleased to offer our patients sedation dentistry to alleviate their dental anxiety.
Dental anxiety occurs for a variety of reasons, such as fear of pain because of a prior negative experience or from hearing others share their stories of a negative experience, a fear of injections (and a fear that the injection won’t work), as well as fear of not being in control during the procedure, or just feeling vulnerable and helpless.
At Smiles Dental in Camas, Washington, we offer nitrous oxide (commonly known as laughing gas) and oral sedation for our patients. With nitrous oxide, which is a type of inhaled minimal sedation, you breathe the gas in through a mask, allowing you to relax deeply. You can also drive yourself home after the procedure is over. With oral sedation, you just take a pill before the procedure to calm and relax you. Because you can feel groggy with this kind of sedation so you will want to bring someone with you to drive you to your appointment and take you home afterwards.
If you have been putting off dental treatment because of dental anxiety, we invite you to come in and receive the care you need. We work hard to give you the quality care you deserve in a calm, relaxing atmosphere. To schedule your next visit with one of our dentists, please call our team at 360.335.3998 today. Dr. Landon King and Dr. Burke Jardine are here to help you have your best dental experience yet!