Overcoming Dental Anxiety with Sedation

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Do you find yourself stressed at the thought of dental visits, even if you know you need care? For many, going to the dentist is a frightening event, even though dentistry has changed dramatically in the past years. Fortunately, it’s still possible for you to receive the care you need through sedation dentistry by skilled and trusted dental office professionals.

Since 1994, Dr. John Divis has offered sedation dentistry techniques in Wenatchee for those patients who are a bit uneasy about their procedures or have dental phobia. If you are overwhelmed with the thought of visiting your Wenatchee dentist or are looking for techniques to improve comfort while undergoing dental work, sedation dentistry may be right for you.

Can Sedation Improve My Dental Treatment?

With modern technology, a visit to the dentist can now be relaxing and life-changing. New sedation dentistry techniques can minimize discomfort and reduce treatments that would take multiple sessions to a single visit.

With the use of nitrous oxide, oral medications, or even IV sedation, patients can now have their dental care accomplished while they are totally relaxed and comfortable. Sedation dentistry can give you back that confident smile you may have thought impossible.

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What to Expect with Dental Sedation

Step 1 - Making Your First Appointment

The solution to comfortable dental care is only a phone call away. You may be anxious or fearful, but our team can answer all of your questions and help you feel more comfortable coming for your initial visit. We are here to help you, just as we have successfully helped many others.

We welcome the opportunity to get to know you. We will do no more at this visit than you are comfortable with. If that means only discussing your wants, fears, and goals, then that is as far as we will go. If you are okay to take x-rays or have Dr. Divis look in your mouth, we will gently accomplish that. If sedation is needed to accomplish the diagnosis, we will schedule accordingly. You will never be judged or made to feel embarrassed.

The type of preparation needed will depend on which type of sedation you’ll be using. For oral sedation, we will give you a mild sedative in pill form to take the night before your first appointment to encourage a restful night of sleep. This medication will help you wake up relaxed and peaceful about your visit.

Because of the lingering relaxed state from the sedatives, you will need a companion to bring you to the office. Additional medications will be provided to create a very comfortable and completely relaxed state. The latest in monitoring equipment tracks your vital signs throughout the procedure to ensure your safety.

We promise not to continue your treatment unless you are totally relaxed and comfortably sedated. You will be amazed at how much can be accomplished in such a seemingly short period of time.

Once treatment is complete, your companion will take you home. Post-treatment instructions and any necessary medications are provided to you and your companion. This will help you remain comfortable after your care.

After an appropriate healing period, you are free to resume your normal activities. Most patients feel no discomfort or residual effects from the sedation. Stronger sedation medications tend to have an amnesic effect. That means you will have very little memory of your visit and are free to enjoy the healthy, appealing results.

Reach Out to Learn More About Sedation!

The dentist’s office does not have to be a place of fear and anxiety. Whether you are searching for the finest in cosmetic dentistry, permanent dentures, teeth whitening, or basic restorative care, Dr. Divis and his dedicated staff will see to it that you receive the very best care in the most relaxed and comfortable setting possible. Make that call today to begin your journey.

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