Anxiety About Visiting the Dentist

I am very anxious and nervous seeing a dentist. I am really scared of the injections and of experiencing pain. Is there anything that Dr Pastorino can do to help me get over this fear?

I am too ANXIOUS or EMBARRASSED to make an appointment what can I do?

It is not unusual to feel anxious, nervous or embarrassed about seeing a dentist. You may not have been for years, or hate the thought of going to the dentist, or you’ve had a bad experience in the past.

Nervous or anxious

Dr Pastorino takes time to listen to you so that she understands your concerns and what you would like to achieve from your dental visit. You will be made to feel comfortable and valued and given all the time you need to outline your concerns and discuss your best options.

A large number of individuals are so nervous or fearful of going to the dentist, many of them don’t go at all. This can have serious effects on your oral health, as well as keep you from having better looking teeth. Dr Pastorino offers sedation (sleep) dentistry at her Subiaco practice that can relieve you of your dental anxiety and make your procedure painless. With our sedation dentistry options, the time you spend with us can be comfortable, relaxing and even pleasant.

Conscious Sedation Dentistry

Conscious Sedation Dentistry is a way of putting you in a state of extreme relaxation without IV sedation. It’s designed to help patients who avoid the dentist, or have dental anxiety, for reasons including:

  • Fear of dentists/dental treatment
  • Fear or discomfort with noises and tastes associated with dental care
  • Fear of needles
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Trouble feeling numb after injections of Local Anaesthetic
  • Dental problems that may require longer treatment time in the dentist’s chair

These are just a few of the reasons why people may be so nervous about visiting the dentist that they don’t ultimately seek treatment. Conscious sedation aims to change that.

Conscious sedation dentistry involves taking a small pill about one hour before your appointment with Dr Pastorino. You will already be feeling very drowsy by the time you arrive at our surgery, so you will need someone to drive you. You will not be completely asleep during your treatment, and you will be able to communicate with Dr Pastorino at all times. Conscious sedation only mimics sleep by putting you in an intensely relaxed state.

After the procedure, you will likely not even remember the procedure taking place.

For those patients who would prefer to be asleep during the procedure Intra-Venous Sedation is also available. A qualified IV anaesthetist will be in attendance to administer your sedation. During your treatment he will be monitoring your vital signs constantly and after the procedure your will be monitored until fully conscious again. You will require someone to drive you home.

I am too ANXIOUS or EMBARRASSED to make an appointment what can I do?

It is not unusual to feel anxious or embarrassed about seeing a dentist. Dr Pastorino makes time to listen to you so that she understands your concerns and what you would like to achieve from your dental visit. You will be made to feel comfortable and valued and given all the time you need to outline your concerns and discuss your best options.

 

 

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