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By Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry
December 16, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental anxiety should never prevent you or a loved one from getting oral health care. At Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir offer sedation dentistry to relieve fear and make you completely comfortable. We encourage our Norfolk, MA, patients to learn about this helpful service.

The problem of dental phobia

Phobia, fear, or terror. However you describe it, dental anxiety prevents almost one-quarter of adult and pediatric patients from getting the oral health care they need. This startling number comes from Harvard Health which also reports that many people stop dental visits altogether because they are so fearful.

Dental phobia crosses all socioeconomic measures, including age, ethnicity, and income. Most fearful people report a problem due to:

  • Claustrophobia
  • Shame over the condition of their teeth and gums
  • Limited ability to sit still in a dental chair
  • Traumatic experiences at dental offices

At Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA, we offer sedation dentistry options that allow patients to feel at ease. Also, our office is comfortable and our patient care, soothing and respectful. Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shagtai Sapir put their patient's health and well-being first in all they do.

Sedation dentistry options

Here's how we can help:

1. Local anesthetic: Your dentist injects numbing medication right where it's needed. If you require a filling, extraction, root canal, or something else, your procedure will be pain-free.

2. Nitrous oxide or laughing gas: Administered to children, teens, or adults via a facial mask, nitrous oxide relaxes you, even making you feel a bit giddy. You still will be awake and able to respond to directions from your dental team.

3. Oral sedation: This medication is in pill form. Typically a tranquilizer such as Valium or Versed, oral sedation makes you drowsy you may nap during your treatments. After your appointment, an adult friend or family member must drive you home.

4. IV sedation: Administered through a needle in the arm, intravenous sedation also confers drowsiness. During your treatments, your dentist may increase or decrease the medication as needed. You will feel at ease and may drop off to sleep. An adult must take you home.

5. General anesthesia Some dental treatments are complex and lengthy and can be painful without the benefit of sedation. So, Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry offers both in-office and in-hospital general anesthesia. You'll wake up with a new smile.

Find out more

At Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry, we specialize in helping people overcome dental anxiety. Let us assist you, too. Phone our Norfolk, MA, office for a consultation with Dr. Minda Sapir or Dr. Shabtai Sapir regarding sedation dentistry needs for you or a family member: (508) 850-6992.

By Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry
October 04, 2017
Category: Dentist

How sedation dentistry from your Norfolk dentist can help yousedation dentistry

Visiting the dentist is one of the most important things you can do to protect the health of your smile and your overall health. So, what do you do if you are afraid of the dentist? How do you overcome that fear? Sedation dentistry may be the answer! Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir at Norfolk Pediatric & Family Dentistry in Norfolk, MA want to share the facts about how sedation dentistry can help provide a comfortable, relaxing experience at the dentist.

Being afraid of the dentist is a common occurrence for many people, especially children. Dental anxiety, as it is called, can stem from a bad previous experience at the dentist, childhood fears, the noises and smells in a dental office, leaning back in the dental chair, and many other causes. Whatever the cause of your dental fears, your dental anxiety needs to be dealt with. It isn’t “all in your head.”

The first step is discussing with your dentist what it is that makes you afraid. Great communication is so important in dealing with dental fears. After your dentists know what bothers you, they can make the appropriate recommendations about sedation measures, including:

Inhaled nitrous oxide delivered through a mask if you want to feel mildly relaxed during your appointment; once the mask with the nitrous oxide/oxygen mixture is removed, the effects dissipate and you will feel completely attentive.

Oral sedation if you want to be mildly or moderately relaxed during your appointment. You will feel relaxed and drowsy, but still will be responsive to questions. The effects of oral sedation can remain for several hours, so it is important to bring someone with you to drive you home.

Intravenous sedation takes immediate effect. You will be drowsy during your appointment and may not remember much. The desired amount of sedation can be controlled for optimal effects.

Now you can overcome your fear of the dentist, saving you stress, time and money, because your dentist can get more necessary treatment completed in one appointment. For more information about dental anxiety and sedation dentistry call Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir at Norfolk Pediatric & Family Dentistry in Norfolk, MA today!