It may be years or even decades gone, but the memory of it still bothers you. Maybe you went to a dental office where they treated you like a problem. Or maybe it was the treatment itself: local anesthetic wasn’t used correctly, or you later found out your treatment wasn’t exactly necessary as you were told. Any of those can create a serious problem called dental anxiety. If you are skipping treatments or refusing to get tooth pain checked out, then you can probably use some help. And that’s what we do at our Alma, MI dental office.
Why Do I Need To Come In Every Six Months?
Brushing and flossing at home is very important for keeping your teeth and gums healthy, but unfortunately, it’s not enough. Everything you eat and drink goes over your teeth, and that can lead to problems like gum disease and tooth decay. The only way to truly keep your teeth clean is with the specialized training and tools that only your Alma, MI dentist has. Beyond that, we also have the diagnostic tools to spot early signs of problems, such as our DIAGNOdent laser to detect cavities. Which sounds worse: finding a problem when it’s small and cheaper to fix, or waiting until it gets out of control and expensive?
How Can I Feel More Relaxed At My Appointment?
This depends on several factors, such as what helps you relax and why you might have a problem feeling comfortable at a dentist’s office. That said, we have some ways that work on almost everyone to relieve concerns. Our chairside manner is excellent, and our team knows how to treat you with the right combination of respect, warmth, and friendliness. Dr. McDonald is highly trained in providing pain-free dentistry and can deliver dental treatments quickly but accurately.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
For some patients, a kind word and gentle treatment isn’t enough to get past the anxiety. That’s why we offer two kinds of sedation dentistry at our Alma, MI dental office:
- Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is breathed in through a small mask that rests comfortably over your nose. As you breathe it in, you enter a relaxed state in which anxiety disappears. The effects normally go away almost instantly when you stop breathing it in.
- Oral medication is a pill you take about one hour prior to your appointment. You’ll need someone to drive you to and from our office, but it will induce a deeper relaxed state than nitrous oxide.