How To Conquer Your Fear When Visiting the Dentist

Cosmetic Dentist Serving Austin, Bee Cave, Lakeway and Nearby Areas of Texas


Male dentist putting inhalation sedation mask on a young girl in dental chairMillions of Americans deal with dental anxiety. If you fear visiting the dentist, you are not the only one! A Contemporary Cosmetic Dentistry of Austin, TX, Dr. John Schmid consults with many patients in the community who want to conquer their fear of the dentist to complete necessary dental work. For some, sedation dentistry may ease discomfort and anxiety.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a specific field and type of dental care that involves using a sedative, or calming drug, to help patients relax and feel more at ease during dental procedures. Sedatives can be administered orally, intravenously (IV), or through inhalation. The most common oral sedative is a benzodiazepine, such as Valium. Many patients also benefit from nitrous oxide, more commonly referred to as "laughing gas." Other medications may also be used, depending on the patient's needs and the specific procedure being performed.

What Are the Benefits of Sedation Dentistry?

With sedation dentistry, you can reduce your anxiety, fear, and discomfort associated with dental treatments, whether simple or invasive. It can also make lengthy or complex procedures more tolerable for you if you have difficulty sitting still for extended periods of time or are uneasy if you are uncomfortable with others in your personal space.

What Are Some Other Ways To Relax Before a Dental Appointment?

You can try relaxation techniques to help you feel more at ease before your dental appointment. Deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation techniques, and guided imagery are all helpful methods of calming your nerves. You may want to talk with Dr. John Schmid about other options, such as listening to music or having a family member or friend accompany you during your appointment.

Schedule an Appointment To Find Out More About the Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

By taking advantage of sedation dentistry or trying out other relaxation techniques, you will have a much more comfortable and stress-free experience when visiting Contemporary Cosmetic Dentistry! If you want to learn more about ways to calm yourself and your nerves before your next appointment, do not hesitate to call 512-329-5967 to request an appointment with Dr. John Schmid and his staff in Austin, TX.