Dental anxiety is estimated to affect around 36% of the population which can prevent them from getting the dental treatment they want or need. When it comes to dental implants, this apprehension becomes even more pronounced, posing as a significant barrier to accessing affordable and transformative solutions for the restoration of missing teeth.
At Chesterfield Dentistry, we understand the impact of dental anxiety and do all we can to provide patients with the confidence to pursue our dental implant solutions. Our dedicated team has a system of effective strategies in place designed to manage anxiety, foster a positive experience and ensure successful dental implant procedures. Through commitment to education, relaxation techniques and a supportive, caring environment, our goal is to help you manage your dental anxieties and restore your smile with confidence.
With this in mind, let’s discuss how we can work together to manage your dental anxiety, ensuring you remain comfortable, informed and supported throughout each stage of the dental implant journey. Through addressing your concerns and assisting you in managing anxiety, our goal is to empower you to confidently pursue dental implant services, thereby enhancing your oral health, functionality, and overall quality of life.
Acknowledging and understanding the reason you’re fearful of visiting the dentist, is a critical element of dental anxiety management. Frequent causes of dental anxiety include:
Now you have a better idea of the factors that contribute to dental anxiety, the following tactics can help you get to grips with your fears and ensure a positive dental implant experience.
At Chesterfield Dentistry, our dental implant team is devoted to creating a supportive environment that places a high priority on patient comfort and well-being. Building strong connections with our patients and fostering open communication are central to our commitment, as we strive to shape a positive, stress-free treatment experience that is customized to your specific needs and anxiety levels. We take the time to explain the procedure step-by-step, so you know what to expect before you embark on your dental implant journey.
Given that placing dental implants involves surgery, patients generally require some form of sedation to ensure comfort throughout the process. The choice of anesthesia depends on factors such as the number of implants, the dentist's preference, and the patient's pain tolerance. Regardless of the chosen sedation method, patients should not experience any pain or discomfort during the surgery.
To appreciate the benefits of sedation in this context, it's crucial to understand the dental implant surgery itself. The procedure involves inserting a small titanium post under the gums to integrate with the jawbone. As this requires cutting the gums, which can lead to soreness, being relaxed or asleep during the surgery is preferred.
For patients opting for sedation during dental implant surgery, there are various options. If only one or two implants are to be placed, local anesthesia is often sufficient to keep the patient comfortable. However, if the dentist plans to perform additional procedures like a bone graft, a general anesthetic may be preferable.
Conscious sedation is another option preferred by many patients, nervous or otherwise. This form of sedation helps patients relax throughout the dental implant procedure and is typically used alongside local anesthesia. It can be administered orally through pills or with nitrous oxide. While the patient remains conscious and aware, they are fully relaxed.
Opting for dental implants to replace missing teeth is a common and worthwhile decision. Don't let dental anxiety hold you back. Speak with our dentist to explore available options that can help you stay calm and comfortable during the procedure. For further insights into dental implant surgery, consider scheduling a consultation with Chesterfield Dentistry. Call us at 314-936-3621 or use our online booking service.