Quiz – Is Oral Sedation Right for me?

Sometimes we need a little help from our friends — especially when it comes to a pending dental visit for those who hate the dentist. Support from friends and loved ones is wonderful, but it doesn’t do much to help us get through a dental visit. Oral sedation is the silent “friend” who can help those of us who are scared of the dentist receive the care we need.

How do you know if you’re a good candidate for oral sedation? Answer the following questions to find out.

1. When you experience tooth pain or sensitivity, is your first inclination to:

A)    Call Fresno Dental Studio and make an appointment.

B)    Stock up on lots of over-the-counter painkillers and resign to suffer in silence.

C)    Stage an “accident” that will result in the loss of the bothersome tooth.

2. What best describes your mental state as you drive to your dental appointment?

A)    Calm and collected – you’ve got a date later that evening and can’t wait to show off your pearly whites and fresh breath.

B)    You’re not sure that you turned off the iron. What if a fire breaks out? You really do want to get to your dental appointment, but you decide it’s more important to check on that iron. (Secretly, you’re relieved to have an excuse to turn the car around.)

C)    You’re shaking, sweating, panicking, and feel nauseous.

3. When was the last time you visited the dentist?

A)    Within the last 6 months – you only have one smile, and you want to keep it healthy.

B)    It’s been so long you can’t remember. Your smile’s not your best feature, but the thought of getting it fixed makes you break out in a cold sweat.

C)    January 26, 1998. You remember the date because it was such a horrible experience it’s seared into your memory forever.

If you answered B or C for any of these questions, oral sedation dentistry can make a world of difference in your oral health. By placing you in a state of deep relaxation, oral sedation can help you feel at ease about receiving the dental care you need to stay healthy.

Afraid of the Dentist? We Can Change That.

Using safe, effective sedation dentistry, Fresno general dentist Dr. Alex Denes can calm even the most fearful or nervous patients, so they are able to move forward with preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental care. If you or someone you love is afraid of the dentist, contact our Fresno dentist office at (559) 297-1800 to schedule an appointment. Fresno Dental Studio proudly serves patients in Fresno and surrounding areas including Clovis, Madera, and Sanger.