Dealing with your Fear of the Dentist

dealing with dental fear

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If you are like millions of Americans, you experience a great deal of anxiety or fear when visiting the dentist. In fact, if we were to guess, you probably avoid going to the dentist at all costs unless you are in significant pain. While neglecting your dental care is not advisable as it only leads to pain and extensive dental procedures, sedation dentists in Knoxville Dr. Darrel Clabough and Dr. Tommy Spears understand that dental fear is real, which is why we offer sedation dentistry at Choto Family Dentistry.

We would like you to learn ways to deal with your fear of the dentist in Knoxville by receiving information about our sedation dentistry services.

What type of sedation is offered at Choto Family Dentistry?

We offer nitrous oxide or “laughing gas,” as a form of sedation. You can be in and out of your appointment in no time, and back to your normal daily routine at the conclusion of your appointment. Nitrous oxide is a safe form of conscious sedation that is administered through a mask that is worn over your nose. As you breathe in the gas, you will slowly begin feeling its calming effects. Once we shut off the flow of the gas, you will feel yourself again. Nitrous oxide even is safe for kids!

Will I be awake during my sedation?

Yes, you will remain awake during your procedure. You also will be able to breathe on your own and even communicate with your dental care team. Nitrous oxide relaxes you, but you won’t actually be sedated like with general anesthesia.

What do I need to do to prepare for my appointment?

If you are receiving nitrous oxide, you don’t really need to do anything out of the ordinary for your appointment. Since the effects of the sedation wear off rather quickly at the conclusion of your appointment, you will be able to drive yourself home or back to work.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Yes! For healthy individuals, sedation dentistry has been proven safe. However, certain pre-existing conditions or certain medications could interfere with the effectiveness of the sedation. We advise that you discuss your complete medical history, and give us a list of any current medications that you take before you receive any form of sedation dentistry. If it is found that sedation dentistry is not a good fit for you, our doctors can discuss other relaxation methods to help you feel comfortable during your appointment.

Sedation Dentist in Knoxville

Thanks to the option of sedation dentistry, you no longer have to fear going to the dentist! If you are fearful of the sights, smells, and sounds of a dental office, then sedation dentistry may be right for you.

If you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry offered in the Choto or Northshore areas of Farragut or see if you are a candidate, please contact Choto Family Dentistry today by calling (865) 269-6688 to schedule a consultation.

Choto Family Dentistry is here to serve patients in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the surrounding communities of Choto and Northshore.