Don’t Let Dental Phobia Get a Hold of You

If you have a fear of the dentist or suffer from dental phobia, we can help. Our Harrisburg dental practice is built on the principle of providing compassionate, quality care to every one of our patients. You can rest assured that your satisfaction, comfort, oral health, and well-being are important to us. We take every measure possible to put our patients at ease, and offer specific treatment options to help individuals deal with any anxiety that they may experience. This includes a variety of sedation dentistry options, which can greatly alleviate or eliminate altogether your fears about treatment. This can allow you to receive the care that you need to maintain your oral health – and your beautiful smile. We encourage you to contact Silvers Family Dental Care today if you experience dental phobia or have a fear of the dentist. At our Harrisburg dental office, we’ve helped patients from all walks of life overcome their anxiety, and we can help you too.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

We offer several different types of dental sedation for our patients’ benefit. These sedatives allow the team at our Harrisburg practice to calm patients’ nerves, alleviating their dental phobia. These sedation options include:

•    Oral Conscious Sedation – An oral conscious sedative is an anti-anxiety pill that is taken approximately one hour prior to your treatment. The pill leaves the patient conscious and alert should he or she need to respond to commands or questions, but the patient will have little to no memory of the treatment once the effects of the sedative wear off. Because the pill is taken orally, no needles or face masks are required, which can further help reduce a person’s anxiety.

•    Nitrous Oxide Sedation – Also known as “laughing gas,” because it often leaves patients in a state of euphoria, nitrous oxide sedation is highly beneficial for two reasons: 1. It takes effect almost immediately, so patients can be sedated at the time of treatment; and 2. It can be adjusted as necessary, should the effects of the sedation not be sufficient. Should an oral conscious sedative not take effect, for whatever reason, there is no way to address it. Conversely, the effects wear off quickly as well.

•    IV Sedation – Like nitrous oxide sedation, IV sedation can be adjusted as necessary during treatment, and takes effect nearly immediately. Administered via a needle, the treatment may not be for everyone. However, it provides our dental team with unparalleled control over your sedation and can leave you in a deep state of relaxation. For complex dental treatments, or when treating individuals with a severe dental phobia or fear of the dentist, the team at our Harrisburg dental practice will recommend IV sedation.

The type of sedation that is right for you will depend on a variety of factors. Discussing your fears with us during a one-on-one consultation will allow us to tailor a treatment that is best suited to your needs, as well as explain in detail your sedation options. Your comfort and satisfaction are important to us, and we will do everything that we can to ensure that your experience is pain-free.

Do You Suffer from Dental Phobia? Contact Silvers Family Dental Care Today!

Don’t let your fear of the dentist or dental phobias stop you from caring for your teeth. At our Harrisburg dental practice, we pride ourselves on helping anxious patients get the care they need to maintain the health, function, and appearance of their smiles – we would be honored to help you maintain your dental health as well. To arrange a consultation with Dr. Silvers, please contact our dental office today.

Silvers Family Dental Care Office

Silvers Family Dental Care

Silvers Family Dental Care is a comprehensive dentistry practice serving Harrisburg and the surrounding communities. Founded in 1968 by Dr. Warren D. Silvers, we continue to be a family-run business committed to high-quality dental treatment. Our affiliations include:
  • American Dental Association
  • Pennsylvania Dental Association
  • American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
  • Academy of General Dentistry

Request a consultation online, or call (717) 564-1681.

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