Lovelace Family Dentistry is committed to providing a friendly and relaxing environment in our office to help our patients feel at ease when visiting the dentist. Our staff is caring, compassionate, and always here to answer any dental questions you may have. We want your dental experience to be pleasant and pain-free. Please let us know if you have any concerns regarding dental anxiety; we help patients manage and overcome their fears every day so they can get their dental needs met comfortably and without judgment.
When patients put off visits for routine cleaning appointments due to fear of the dentist, minor dental issues become more significant, often requiring more invasive and expensive treatment. A good example is gum disease, which is completely reversible when caught in the early stages of gingivitis; left untreated, it advances to periodontitis quickly, and treatment turns to management to prevent further advancement. Gingivitis results from plaque and tartar build-up on and around the gum line that even the most diligent oral hygiene at home can not altogether remove; that is what the dental hygienist addresses when they clean your teeth. The plaque is sticky and hard to see until it calcifies into harder tarter, which is even more challenging to remove. Gum disease left untreated long enough leads to tooth and bone loss. As you can see, there can be serious consequences from skipping those routine cleanings and checkups for your oral health.
We believe everyone deserves to be comfortable when seeking dental care. We work diligently to provide dental care that acknowledges and lessens anxiety and fear of dental treatment. You are not alone if you experience dental anxiety; we are here to help you conquer the fear and help you achieve and maintain the smile you deserve.
At Lovelace Family Dentistry, we proudly offer the following sedation options and an excellent 'chairside manner' to ensure our patients have the best dental experience possible.
Nitrous Oxide AKA Laughing Gas
Nitrous Oxide has successfully been used in dentistry since 1865 for pain relief and to help calm anxious dental patients. When administered by a highly trained doctor, like Dr. Lovelace, nitrous Oxide is safe and effective. The dentist distributes the gas through a facemask and can precisely control the amount the patient receives. The gas is tasteless and odorless, and the effects wear off within thirty minutes after use, so you can resume activities like driving right after your appointment. Many patients find that using Nitrous Oxide makes their dental experience smooth and easy.
Oral sedation is an option for patients with significant dental anxiety who would benefit from medication to relax them before the dental appointment. Typically, the dentist will prescribe medication in pill form, such as Valium or Xanax, with specific directions for the timing of when to take it before your visit for dental work. These medications work in the area of the brain that controls fear and anxiety, producing a calm and relaxed state for the patient that allows the dentist to proceed with any necessary treatment with the patient completely comfortable. When using oral sedation, you will require a ride to and from your appointment as the medication will remain in your system for up to eight hours; please plan accordingly.
Whatever your dental sedation needs, rest assured we are in your corner and here to help you obtain and maintain excellent oral health. Call Lovelace Family Dentistry today to schedule a stress-free appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!