There are many names for it – dental phobia, anxiety, or plain old fear of dentists. However you describe it, dental anxiety can cause you to avoid treatment even when you know it’s time to see the dentist.
Don’t be embarrassed if you’re overwhelmed by dental fear. For many people, the thought of a trip to the dentist translates into instant panic – but we know it doesn’t have to be that way.
Your comfort and well-being are important to us, and we believe that everyone deserves to have access to quality dental care. Dr. Skinky’s passion for helping our apprehensive patients has led him to take the steps necessary to provide you with safe, comfortable care.
Dr. Skinkys holds an Illinois license to perform dental sedation and is currently president of the Illinois component of the American Dental Sedation Association. This unique training and experience allows him to offer a number of effective sedation solutions to our patients.
Effective Sedation Options
Typically, we administer sedatives like anti-anxiety medication through oral or intravenous methods. Sedatives can be administered in various doses and degrees, and we will tailor your sedation accordingly.
You may require only light sedation, which is often sufficient to induce a very relaxed state. If you have more severe anxiety, we can choose a deeper dose of medication. In some cases, you may not remember the procedure at all. We always use a local anesthesia to reduce any physical discomfort that you may experience.
In some cases, the best solution may be IV sedation. This is helpful if you’re having multiple procedures or more complex treatment like tooth extraction.
With IV sedation, you will remain awake but be very calm and comfortable. You will feel the effects of IV sedation quickly, and we'll monitor you closely so that we can adjust the degree of sedation as needed during treatment.
Dealing With Dental Anxiety
Everyone reacts differently and may experience dental fear for any one of a number of reasons. An important part of sedation dentistry includes educating you about methods you can use to calm your stress. To do this, we need to understand exactly what it is that triggers your response.
Fear of Pain – This is a source of anxiety for many people. Pain is subjective, and what seems uncomfortable to one person may not affect another. Fortunately, we have ways to stop you from feeling any discomfort.
Fear of the Unknown – Communication is the key for taking control of your dental anxiety. When we’re aware of your concerns, we can help you understand what to expect.
Sensitive Gag Reflex – It’s understandable that you may feel embarrassed about a sensitive gag reflex. Decongestants and nasal strips make it easy to breathe freely, and throat sprays can help to calm the gag reflex.
Discomfort in the Dental Chair –Tell us about any back or neck problems you have, and we’ll be to help you find the position that is most relaxing.
There is no single solution for dental anxiety that will help everyone. We respect your unique concerns, and our professional team is trained to support you and make your dental treatment stress-free. Please feel free to contact our Plainfield dental office for more information or to arrange a complimentary consultation.