If you fear the dentist, you are not alone. Many people miss or cancel their scheduled appointments as a result of dental anxiety. Or, some don’t bother to schedule an appointment at all. But think about this: Missing appointments can be dangerous because a routine check-up can spot minor problems before they worsen. A small problem left untreated can lead to more serious complications, costing you a lot of money and causing you a lot of pain. That’s why it’s important to Dr. Embury that you feel good about coming to see him. He understands fearful patients. In fact, he enjoys being a West Seneca cater-to-cowards dentist.
Dr. Embury’s Cater-to-Cowards Approach
Dr. Embury takes the anxiety out of your dental appointments. He feels it’s his job to make sure you have a pain-free, anxiety-free experience while getting the dental care you need. He listens to what makes you fearful about seeing the dentist then makes certain that he and his staff do whatever is best to take those stressors away.
Sometimes just the act of sitting in the waiting room only can build up those anxious feelings. We don’t make you wait. When it’s your appointment time, we take you straight back for treatment. During your treatment, you have various options to help distract you from the procedure, such as television, music, and the use of noise-canceling headphones.
If you require something more to help calm your nerves, nitrous oxide gas is an excellent help. It strengthens the local anesthetic and takes the stress out of the appointment. Since it is a gas, it comes out of your system within a couple of minutes after your appointment concludes and you can drive home or back to work and go about your normal activities.
As an alternative, we can also give you a small pill—taken an hour before your appointment—that will make you drowsy by the time you arrive at our office. Your vitals are then monitored throughout your procedure as we assess your anxiety level. We will make sure you are always comfortable, and we give you breaks as needed. But mostly, you will be in a deeply relaxed state—although fully conscious. And you will likely not remember your treatment at all. You will need, though, to have someone to accompany you, since it will take a while for the sedative effects to wear off.
If you need a dentist who caters to cowards, please call us or schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Embury in person.
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