Dr. Brian Chan wants all his patients to have positive experiences in our dental office, but we know this is not easy for everyone. Millions of Americans suffer from some level of dental anxiety, which can prevent them from getting the care they need. That’s why we have taken steps to make our services more accessible to patients who experience dental anxiety. One of those steps is offering medications that can make you more comfortable during dental treatments.
Do you need a dentist who understands the challenges of dental anxiety? Dr. Brian Chan knows it’s not easy getting routine preventive and restorative work done when fear and panic stand in your way.
Call our Rancho Bernardo California dental office at 858-485-6781 today to learn how we will make your dental experience more relaxed and comfortable.
There are a number of reasons why going to the dentist may create unease in an otherwise relaxed individual. Perhaps you’ve had a negative experience in the past, or at one time experienced pain in the dental chair. Some people are just uncomfortable having others’ hands in such a personal space as one’s mouth. Regardless of the cause, we are sensitive to the challenges your anxiety presents, and want to offer you our compassion and support as you proceed with dental treatments.
When you meet with Dr. Chan, be honest about your fears and reservations. Listening is a critical part of the process and we want you to know that your fears and anxieties are being heard and acknowledged. We want to be your dental providers for life and developing a relationship of mutual trust and respect starts with having simple conversations. If we understand what your concerns are we will better understand how to make you comfortable, so you can get the dental care you need.
Many of our patients find that communication between patient and dentist can actually go a long way toward mitigating dental fear. Dr. Chan will always let you know what to expect from a dental procedure, and will not proceed with treatments unless you are comfortable going forward.
For patients whose anxiety makes dental treatments difficult or impossible, we offer medications that can help you feel more relaxed during your visit. Oral sedation is not the same thing as “sleep dentistry,” as you will remain conscious throughout the procedure, maintain control of your faculties, and be aware of your surroundings.
The effects of the medication will make you drowsy, so it will be necessary to have someone drive you to and from the appointment. The effects of the medications can last anywhere between 2-12 hours, depending on how much medication is needed. Our team will be present with you the entire time to ensure you have a great, anxiety-free experience.
For those who are unable to not take pills, or simply prefer not to, we have found that the use of noise-cancelling headphones with music can help enhance relaxation techniques during dental treatment. For some of our patients, listening to great tunes has helped reduce anxiety and fear much more than expected. We also have neck, back and leg pillows as well as plush blankets to aid your comfort during your time in the dental chair.
Call our Rancho Bernardo California dental office today at 858-485-6781 if you would like to take learn more about oral sedation for dental anxiety. Watch and read our patient reviews to see how others have enjoyed our services.