Debra V. Irvin, DDS, PC
Dental Wellness

I’m afraid of the dentist. How do you help your patients stay calm?

Dental anxiety is a serious problem because it causes many people to avoid visits to the dentist. The problem is that avoiding treatments because of fear will only lead to more complicated dental problems in the future.

Debra V. Irvin, DDS, has been putting her patients at ease for decades. She knows that, for some, a gentle approach is all that’s needed to soothe anxiety. However, many of our fearful patients benefit from the use of sedation dentistry.

Nitrous oxide is a gas that’s mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small nasal mask. All you need to do is sit back and breathe normally. Soon you will experience a calm and slightly euphoric feeling. Nitrous oxide helps you relax just enough to get through your procedure. As soon as we turn off the gas, the effects will wear off so you can go on with your regular daily routine.

Oral conscious sedation involves taking a prescription sedative before you come to our office for treatment. When you arrive for your appointment, you will feel calm and relaxed. The effects of conscious sedation last longer than nitrous, so you will need a friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment.

If you would like more information about which type of sedation is right for you, please call our Philadelphia dental office.

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