“Dentophobia,” or a fear of going to the dentist, affects nearly 36 percent of Americans. Patients with feelings of dentophobia usually experience anxiety to varying degrees, with some able to withstand their dental appointments while others simply avoid regular dental care altogether. At Libby Dental, our compassionate dental team understands how debilitating dental anxiety can be for individuals who previously had a bad experience with another dentist, who feel embarrassed about the state of their teeth, or who simply don’t like people touching their teeth. Our cosmetic dentist makes it a priority to make patients feel as comfortable as possible during their appointment, employing gentle techniques and dental anxiety solutions to those nervous about being in the dentist’s chair.
At our practice in Mission Valley, it’s possible to receive the dental care necessary to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful without the stress and apprehension of a doctor’s visit. In addition to using the most conservative and gentle techniques available, Libby Dental also offers customized sedation dentistry for those feeling tense, anxious, or stressed out about their treatment. These sedation options keep you awake and able to communicate during your appointment, but allow you to feel incredibly relaxed and at ease throughout your visit. We typically utilize oral-conscious sedation, which is ingested in the form of a small pill taken before you come to our office. This provides feelings of deep relaxation and even causes some patients to enter a sleepy or dreamlike state. Oral conscious sedation can be an ideal complement to treatment if you:
- Have dental phobia
- Have a sensitive gag reflex
- Are undergoing a complex or multiple procedures
- Cannot relax in the dentist’s chair
Dr. Landon Libby and our talented dental team are committed to helping you have a relaxing, stress-free, and even enjoyable visit at our San Diego practice. We invite you to contact Libby Dental to talk to our friendly office staff about potential solutions for dental anxiety or to schedule a consultation.